Great Wisconsin Summer Destinations

Accordion museum is one of Superior's hidden treasures

CREATED Jun 6, 2013

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SUPERIOR - Helmi Strahl Harrington is from Texas. She followed love north and got a job teaching about accordions at a local technical college in Duluth.

While teaching, she decided to display some of the instruments.

"I saw how people stood by them and looked and oohed and aahed and I thought, 'hey, this is something to take note of. It's eye catching and brings interest,'" Helmi said.

Years later, after the school got rid of the program, Helmi set off on her own teaching, fixing and displaying accordians. Today, she has moved from Duluth to Superior and runs a museum that has 1,300 accordions on display.

Oh, and that's not all.

"We have a library room that has about a million pieces of music," she said.

The museum also runs a concert series.

When asked why someone should go, she said, "it will change your life."

Helmi went on to explain that everyone has accordions in their history, and the museum helps people to learn about that.

The museum is open Saturday, Sunday, Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. without an appointment. Otherwise, phone first.