Friends of the Gamelan traces its roots to the
World's Columbian Exposition of 1893 in Chicago.
One of the many exotic attractions on the Midway Plaisance was the
Java Village, complete with a Sundanese gamelan.
Never before had gamelan music been heard in the Western hemisphere.
The Field Museum of Chicago
was founded to preserve, catalog, and exhibit the myriad cultural treasures
that remained following the World's Columbian Exposition, including the gamelan.
Here is a sample of resources related to the World's Columbian Exposition,
the Java Village, and the collection of the Field Museum of Chicago.
Field Museum Resources