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The Sons Of Staunton: The Statler Brothers Exhibit


  • Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum 20 North Coalter Street Staunton, VA, 24401 United States (map)

What: The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is pleased to present an exhibit “Sons of Staunton: The Statler Brothers”. Just as Staunton is the birthplace of the 28th President of the United States, it is also the birthplace of the award winning County Music Hall of Fame members The Statler Brothers. The exhibit will include items such as costumes, shoes (designed by bass singer Harold Reid who holds the patent for them) , instruments (including the guitar used in the filming of “Smokey and the Bandit II”), audio system components, street signs, drafts of the Statler Brothers Shows, concert paraphernalia, handwritten manuscripts, and props from the Statler Brothers show on the Nashville Network.

When: The exhibit will open to the public in March 22, 2019 and will remain open through October 2019. This time period will coincide with the Annual Fourth of July festivities that first started with the Statler Brothers

Where: The temporary exhibit gallery in the first floor of the Woodrow Wilson Museum.

Why: Local artists, The Statler Brothers, are only one of 7 musical acts that are in both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. In addition to their music, their weekly television show won numerous awards. Through all their success, they have remained rooted in their hometown of Staunton Virginia. Two Statler Brothers album covers were photographed at the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace- one behind the Birthplace Manse and the other with Woodrow Wilson’s Pierce Arrow Limousine. In 1974 the Statler Brothers were named lifetime honorary members of the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation as they “set an example of faith in democracy for the world”.