1st IJHF in Iowa City, U.S.A.

14-15 September 1984

Program of the first 1984 congress organized by Frederick Crane

The Jew’s harp fans who registered were not large in number, but what a fantastic group of people! (...) Whenever I think of this group of people, amazement strikes again. Strong personalities were in abundance –people of the most diverse accomplishments and occupations, scholars and performers, Jew’s harp makers and collectors, and all of them (corny though it be to say it) damned nice people. I stop short of attributing supernatural powers to the Jew’s harp, but there is something mysterious about it that has its most potent effect on persons that are of the larger-than-life kind.

Frederick Crane. 1985. VIM 2: 86.

Poster by Gary Gnade