Symposium Weekend Events for Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum

Symposium Weekend at Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum


Electric Guitar Symposium – “The Electric Guitar-Wichita’s Instrument!”
What is the origin of the electric guitar? This question has resulted in so many confusing and conflicting theories that the earl answers have become elusive. This special will explode myths, eliminate confusion, and answer contentious questions; ultimately exposing the true stories.

Half day session $25; includes Museum admission (members $20)
Full Symposium Package – Includes all sessions and lunch Saturday & Sunday $150 (members $125)

Friday, May 6th (DAY 1)

  • Museum Symposium at Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum – 1:00-4:00 pm (half-day ticketed admission)
    “Wichita & the Electric Guitar” by Eric Cale – Panel Discussion: Wichita Guitar Stories: Gage Brewer, June Frisby, Lowell Kiesel, Milo & Bob Wiley
  • Authors Event at “Watermark Books & Café” – 5:00-6:00 pm (free & open to the public)
    “Guitar – the Instrument that Rocked the World” by HP Newquist (Executive Director of National Guitar Museum & Author)
  • Symposium Jamboree at “Barleycorns” – 7:00-9:00pm (free and open to the public)

Saturday, May 7th (DAY 2)

  • Museum Symposium at Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum – 9:00am-5:00pm (half-day ticketed admission)
    • “Electric Mele: the Hawaiian Pre-History of Electric Guitars” by Dr. John Troutman (Scholar & Author specializing in Hawaiian Guitar Music History)
    • “Charles Christian, seminal electric guitarist” by Dr. Wayne Goins (Distinguished Professor, Director of Jazz Studies @ Kansas State University), Guitarist & authority on seminal electric guitarist Charlie Christian)
    • “The Hidden Story – Electrification of the Guitar” by Dr. Matthew Hill (Author, Scholar, & Authority on early electric instruments)
    • “Vivi Tone – recent discoveries and revised timeline” by Arian Sheets (Curator of Stringed Instruments at the National Music Museum)
    • “Diversity in early Pickups” by Lynn Wheelwright (Author, Collector, Owner of Pro-Musician in Clearfield, Utah & Authority on early electrically amplified stringed instruments)
    • Panel Discussion – significance of various technology and marketing developments in the 1920s through 1930s

Sunday, May 8th (DAY 3)

  • Museum Symposium at Wichita Sedgwick County Historical Museum – 10:00am-5:00pm (ticketed admission)
    • “History of the Style, Sound & Revolution of the Electric Guitar” by Alan DiPerna (Music Journalist & Author)
    • Bigsby Story” by Deke Dickerson (Author, Collector, Guitarist, Expertise in Mid-Century Guitar Culture)
    • “Eguitar Origins: So. Cal’s Rickenbacker, Kauffman, Fender” by Richard Smith (Curator of Fullerton (CA) Museum & Author)
    • “Italian electric guitar manufacturers and the impact of the American market” by Emanuele Marconi (Conservator at the National Music Museum)
    • Panel Discussion – exploding myths and defining firsts
    • Special Instrument Demonstration


Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum
204 South Main