The Appalachian or Mountain Dulcimer is the core instrument of Appalachia. Its origins date back to the late 1800s, but the instrument gained most of its popularity in the 1950s folk revival through the playing of Jean Ritchie of Viper, Kentucky (pictured top).
Second, Jean Schilling, well-known Dulcimer player and producer of the first Dulcimer festival, The Cosby Dulcimer Convention, in Cosby Tennessee.
Third, Elaine Irwin Meter with “the most beautiful dulcimer ever viewed.”
Fourth, George Allen Johnson (front), dulcimer maker and player.
Fifth, Mrs. Carrico with the family dulcimer (that has no fingerboard).
Last, Earl Mullins playing his mother Dora’s dulcimer with a mule-tail bow.