Historical Harp Society
www.historicalharpsociety.org

The Historical Harp Society exists to promote the art, history, use and appreciation of historical harps, to raise proficiency in performance and manufacture of historical harp reproductions.  A bulletin is published containing timely articles ranging from the instruments of the ancient Near East up to and including the development of the modern pedal harp.

A music publishing project is well underway, making available interesting music of the past that would otherwise be ignored.

A conference is held yearly in conjunction with either the Boston Early Music Festival or the Amherst Early Music Festival.  Conferences generally cover three days, with a recital each evening.  Also featured are displays by makers of historical harp reproductions and by music publishers, etc.

Publications Submissions (including website):  
Cheryl Pfeil von der Heyde; cpfeil@nomadharp.com

Membership: http://www.historicalharps.org/society.html#Membership

American Harp Society Liaison to the Historical Harp Society: Samuel Milligan

Some years ago I presented a paper on the Industrial Revolution and how it created the tools and materials needed for Erard to invent the modern double action harp, and participated this year in a panel discussion of early pedal harp manufacture.  A brief article will appear in the Winter AHS Journal describing this year's Boston conference, which was held too late to get anything in the Summer 2009 issue of the AHJ.

                                                                                                             

– Sam Milligan 7/09