WASHINGTON, June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
Profile America — Wednesday, June 22nd. A musical instrument requiring much skill to play, but with few popular outlets for performing, is the spurned accordion. During June, fans of this neglected musical instrument have been celebrating National Accordion Awareness Month, with the idea of increasing its popularity beyond polka bands. The earliest ancestors of the accordion are traced to China of some 5,000 years ago, while the modern instrument had its beginnings in Germany in the 1820s. Older Americans might recall that the accordion was featured for years, played by Lawrence Welk on his long-running television show from 1955 to 1982. Accordions are part of the nearly $1.8 billion worth of musical instruments manufactured each year in the U.S. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at www.census.gov.
Awareness Month/accessed 4/6/2016: http://www.holidayinsights.com/moreholidays/june.htm
History/accessed 4/6/2016: http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/accordion.aspx
Musical instrument manufacturing/NAICS 339992: http://factfinder.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ASM/2014/31VS101//prodsvc~339992
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotion of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Audio" in the "Library" pull-down menu).
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SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau