Baldknobbers to Donate Artifacts to the National Museum of American History

In a special donation ceremony, on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 11:00am, the National Museum of American History will receive a collection of objects from The Baldknobbers, the first country music and comedy show in Branson, Mo. Tim Mabe will present costumes and hats worn by Jim “Droopy Drawers” Mabe, Lyle “George Aggernite” Mabe and Bill Mabe, as well as brochures, souvenir books, pamphlets, unique musical instruments and other objects to the museum’s entertainment collections.

In 1959, brothers Bill, Jim, Lyle and Bob Mabe began entertaining visitors on the Taneycomo lakefront with The Baldknobbers Jamboree. The Baldknobbers became an immediate hit with the fishermen and tourists in the Branson lakes area performing with a washtub bass, banjo and dobro and even a mule jawbone for rhythm. The show continued to expand, and The Baldknobbers Jamboree Theatre now seats 1,500 people.

Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
12th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W.

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  1. That’s such great news to hear that the Baldknobbers Show is being recognized. To have items donated to the Smithsonian is certainly an honor for them – they deserve it!

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