Salvaging Sound: Detroit Sound Conservancy and the Struggle to Preserve Detroit’s Musical Legacies

Detroit Historical Museum Community Gallery January 19 – April 7, 2019

From City Hall to international exhibitions, the nonprofit Detroit Sound Conservancy and its partners have consistently raised the alarm that our sound needs salvaging. Whether it’s historical sites at risk of demolition, recordings disintegrating in basements, or musicians with incredible stories still yet to be sung, the time to act is now. This exhibition explores the vision and journey of Detroit Sound Conservancy through historical artifacts and storytelling, photographs and ephemera, as well as oral history recordings and music. Key artifacts to be exhibited will include a jukebox, a historic jazz stage, and pieces of a seminal dance club sound system. The exhibit will also include a pop-up media archive space highlighting the need for ongoing preservation of Detroit’s musical legacies.

To get involved or become a sponsor please contact our director via email at or call direct at 313-444-8242.

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Updated 23 October 2018