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Muscatine Elks Chanters Exhibit Coming to Muscatine Art Center

A new exhibit will be on display at Muscatine Art Center that you don’t want to miss!

Muscatine Elks Chanter will be on view at Muscatine Art Center (1314 Mulberry Ave Muscatine) from Tuesday Aug 14 through Sunday Sep 2.

As part of the fraternal organization “The Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks”, the group was started in 1946 as the “Men of Note”, organized by Elks club member “Jack” Spratt, and later grew under the direction of Max A. Collins to perform in decades of music programs, for both local and national audiences.

The Muscatine Elks Chanters included a variety of local professionals, including farmers, researchers, chemists, lawyers, engineers, and businessmen. Over the years, the group performed with instrumentalists, ‘big bands’, and their own quartet – “The Notables”. Their performances included a variety of themes, and musical genres, including annual Christmas concerts. The last Chanters concert was held in June, 2012. This exhibit was curated with original costumes, programs and photographs on loan from the personal collections of Donna Reed and Marilyn Smith.

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Don’t miss this latest exhibit!


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