Milwaukee Les Paul exhibit 
strikes chord with kids
Still seeking own display, Waukesha museum 
official calls this ‘helpful’

By JOE PETRIE - GM Today Staff 

May 1, 2008

A Les Paul guitar sits on a stand in the foreground as Joel Brennan, CEO of Discovery World, talks about the "Les Paul House of Sound" exhibit Wednesday. The exhibit is slated to open at the museum in Milwaukee this June. 

MILWAUKEE - Young guitar heroes and musical innovators will get their shot at rock ‘n’ roll stardom alongside Waukesha legend Les Paul in a new exhibit set to open this summer in Milwaukee, but it is not expected to hinder plans for another, long-sought Paul exhibit in Waukesha.

The "Les Paul House of Sound" will give attendees a chance to see and tinker with their own music just like Paul did in his childhood experiments eight decades ago, said Discovery World President and CEO Joel Brennan during a press conference Wednesday morning officially announcing the exhibit.




The region is a "sleeping giant" of talent, he said, and this exhibit will help bring it to life.

"We’re very proud to be the first place to launch this," Brennan said. "This is a showcase of his spirit."

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This story appeared in The Freeman on May 1, 2008.