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From Merengue to Dembow & Merenhouse: Collecting Dominican Music in America


Friday, October 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Smithsonian Institution,
CUNY Dominican Studies Institute &
Broadway Housing Communities

From Merengue to Dembow & Merenhouse:
Collecting Dominican Music in America

Do you have old posters announcing concerts? Was there a particular club or venue you liked to go to dance Dominican music in the good old days? Do you have your old “club” clothing you wore to concerts, clubs, Dominican family fiestas? Were you involved in promoting Dominican music in your neighborhood, your organization, your church? Do you have material from community parades and festivals?

In a pioneering collaboration, the Smithsonian Institution has joined with the CUNY Dominican Studies Institute to reach out to all people of Dominican descent to help build muse­um and archival collections at the Smithsonian and at the CUNY DSI that reflect how Dominican music and musical performance in particular, and the Do­minican presence in general, have reshaped social spaces and cultural identity in the U.S.

Smithsonian and CUNY DSI staff will be delighted to see any memorabilia or “recuerdito” you may have regarding Dominican music, Dominican fiestas, or any other objects pertaining to the Dominican cultural identity and historical legacy in the U.S. you may deem important.

Open House:
Friday, October 11, 2013
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Broadway Housing Communities
Rio II Gallery
583 Riverside Drive
7th Floor, 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information on this event, contact the CUNY DSI by phone at 212-650-7496 or by email at dsi@ccny.cuny.edu.  You may register above.



Have questions about From Merengue to Dembow & Merenhouse: Collecting Dominican Music in America? Contact CUNY DOMINICAN STUDIES INSTITUTE

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Broadway Housing Community
West 135th Street
New York, NY 10031

Friday, October 11, 2013 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)

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Founded in 1992 at The City College of New York, the Dominican Studies Institute of the City University of New York (CUNY DSI) is the nation’s first, university-based research institute devoted to the study of people of Dominican descent in the United States and other parts of the world. CUNY DSI’s mission is to produce and disseminate research and scholarship about Dominicans and about the Dominican Republic. The Institute houses the Dominican Archives and the Dominican Library, the first and only institutions in the United States collecting primary and secondary source material about Dominicans. In 2010, the Institute opened the doors of its Archives and Library facility to exhibitions of art by and about people of Dominican descent, becoming the first major institution in New York City to devote its exhibition space exclusively to such artwork.


Fundado en 1992, el Instituto de Estudios Dominicanos de la Universidad de la Ciudad de Nueva York (CUNY DSI), con sede en el City College de Nueva York, es el único centro de investigación universitario de los Estados Unidos dedicado exclusivamente a la investigación académica sobre las personas de ascendencia dominicana en los Estados Unidos y otras partes del mundo. Su misión es producir y difundir conocimiento académico sobre los dominicanos y la República Dominicana. Además, el Instituto promueve el avance de la enseñanza en el área de Estudios Dominicanos. El Instituto alberga el Archivo Dominicano y la Biblioteca Dominicana, las primeras y únicas instituciones en los Estados Unidos dedicadas a recoger fuentes primarias y secundarias sobre los dominicanos. En el 2010, el Instituto también abrió sus puertas para exposiciones de arte de tema dominicano o creados por artistas de origen dominicano.

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