A Stowaway Ukulele Revealed
October 29, 2021 – March 27, 2022
A Stowaway Ukulele Revealed features the original ukulele that “stowed-away” on Admiral Richard Byrd’s North-Pole flight of 1926. The instrument belonged to Richard Konter, a naval veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I, who participated in Byrd expeditions to both the Arctic and Antarctic. For years after the flight, the Konter Ukulele was autographed by more than 160 individuals—from royalty to presidents, explorers to generals, scientists to politicians—who wanted their names associated with this little piece of Arctic history. This exhibit details recent discoveries about the instrument itself, revealed through advanced imaging techniques and other recent research, and the marvelously diverse cast of characters brought together by Konter and his ukulele.
Leadership support for this exhibition is provided by the Martin Guitar Charitable Foundation.