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Jazz and the McMurpheys

Jazz and the McMurpheys Exhibit. Learn about local musical history and take a peek into the elegant world of the 1920s, now through November 1st at the Shelton McMurphey Johnson House. The House has a long musical history that dates back to the 1880s, when Alberta Shelton was part of the first music program at the University of Oregon. She taught music for many years, and each of her six children learned an instrument. Her son George led a successful jazz band made up of UO students called the Kollege Knights. The Knights toured the West Coast in the 1920s and recorded with Columbia Records. The collection includes ephemera from George’s career with the Kollege Knights as well as a pair of dresses worn at his 1920s wedding. These “flapper” period gowns, made of gauzy silk and delicate lace, retain their vibrant pink and orange colors. To preserve them, we can only mount them for short periods, so they — and the rest of our Jazz Age exhibit — will only be up until the first week in November. For further information visit our website at or call us at 541-484-0808

Date & Time

Weekly on Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday

09/07/2013 through 11/01/2013

10:00AM - 1:00PM

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Adults $6, Children $3

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