Online Family Program: Recycled Bluegrass Banjos

Nov 28, 202010:30 AM - 11:15 AM

Descending from West Africa and the Middle East, the banjo is an unmistakable part of country music’s sound. Take a closer look at the banjo’s history, hear a banjo demonstration, and learn about influential banjo player Earl Scruggs. Then, create your own miniature jar lid banjo craft inspired by Scruggs’s Gibson RB-Granada Mastertone banjo in the museum’s Precious Jewel exhibit. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Scruggs’s invented a banjo picking style that became an essential building block of bluegrass. Recommended for ages five and up, but all are welcome. Guardian is required to be present for children under thirteen.


Takes place via Zoom. Space is limited. Registration required. Free.


Recommended materials:

  • One recycled jar lid
  • One craft stick (Save your Popsicle stick.)
  • Rubber bands (We will use five to make a five-string banjo and smaller bands work better, but whatever you have at home is great.)
  • Duct or masking tape
  • Glue
  • Decorating materials like markers or washi tape (optional)




By signing up for this program, you are confirming that a guardian will be present with youth under age thirteen. An educator will send a Zoom invitation to you by 9:30 a.m. the morning of the program. Registration closes at 9:00 a.m. the morning of the program, and accommodations are guaranteed for museum members. While space is limited, a minimum number of participants is required for this program to take place. Please reach out to if you have any questions.


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