Sedalia Ragtime Archive
          dedicated to the genius of Scott Joplin and the American Music History he made in Sedalia 

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Posted by sedaliaragtimearchives on April 5, 2016 at 12:55 AM

You will never be more reminded of Sedalia’s ragtime heritage and of the town’s rich history than when you enter the restored KATY Depot. Just being around the building affords the sensation of going back in time to when KATY Flyers came and went from several directions unloading cargo and passengers...thousands of passengers.

Then walk inside to feel the open intimacy of the place and know you are adding to the almost constant flow of humanity that has wafted through those massive doors for well over a century.

While you are enjoying the unique shop in the lobby with so many delightful and unusual souvenirs and gift ideas, pay the small admission fee and stroll back to the museum on the south end of the building. Scan the latest exhibit just installed for this year’s Scott Joplin Ragtime Festival to be held June 1-4.

The Sedalia Archive Project of the Heritage Foundation is is currently sponsoring museum showcase on the subject of “Sedalia in the Ragtime Years”. Special emphasis is focused on the decade of 1894-1904 to describe what Sedalia was like when Scott Joplin was creating America’s music there and what brought him to Sedalia in the first place.

Joplin was an itinerant musician, almost constantly traveling around North America, but for a decade he made Sedalia his base, living and working there and teaching young Sedalians how to play his uniquely new Classic Ragtime piano pieces.

Perhaps he came and returned because Sedalia was already a musical town and he could add to that spirit and, in fact, add to the rest of America’s popular and classical music as well. August 10, 1899 is a landmark moment in America’s musical history for at 114 East Fifth in the John Stark Music Store, the Maple Leaf Rag contract made history by making Joplin the Ragtime King and Sedalia, a place where America’s music began.

So stop by, look over the exhibits and take in the amazing heritage that belongs to all Sedalians (and we ex-patriots, too!) There is so much to be proud of there.

Larry Melton Coordinator, Sedalia Ragtime Archive Project

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