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article imageWoody Guthrie center opens in Tulsa

By Tim Sandle     May 4, 2013 in Entertainment
Tulsa - An archive and interactive museum devoted to the legacy of a singer, songwriter, artist and novelist Woody Guthrie has opened in Tulsa.
Woody Guthrie was a prolific American singer-songwriter and folk musician, perhaps best known for the unofficial American anthem 'This Land Is Your Land' and for inspiring the young Bon Dylan on his road to super stardom.
To mark the legacy of Guthrie, some 100 years after his birth, a new museum and educational center has opened. The building in the Brady Arts District will also house the Woody Guthrie Archives, a collection featuring nearly 3,000 song lyrics, hundreds of pieces of artwork, journal entries, postcards, manuscripts and more than 500 photographs, among other rare items.
According to Seattle Pi, one exhibit is a multimedia tour of the Dust Bowl with pictures, artifacts and a video featuring black and white clips of the environmental disaster that wreaked havoc on the Plains in the 1930s and served as the inspiration for many Guthrie songs.
According to the Kansas City Star: "The center includes interactive stations where visitors can learn about Guthrie’s cross-country travels and the stages of his life, from the hardscrabble and dusty years in Oklahoma and Texas, to his arrival in New York, a stint in the Merchant Marines during World War II and his long and sad decline as Huntington’s disease, a nerve disorder, ravaged his body and his life. After 15 years living with the disease, which at the time had no cure or treatment, Guthrie died in 1967 at age 55."
According to Billy Bragg, who with the band Wlico put a series of 'lost' Woody Guthrie lyrics to newly written music, the new museum is designed "to help us all to know Woody as he really was".
The Woody Guthrie Center is located at 102 E. Brady St. in Tulsa. It is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (till 9 p.m. on the First Friday of each month) and costs $8 for adults and $6 for ages 5-17. Children younger than 5 are free.
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