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By: Lori Williamson | Item of the Day | October 25, 2021

This diorama was created in  2010 and depicts Minnesota band, The Trashmen, in concert. It was assembled by Barbie Cohn Andreason, wife of Trashmen lead vocalist Tony Andreason, to commemorate her husband's musical career. 
The Trashmen formed in Minneapolis in 1962 and had their biggest hit with "Surfin' Bird" in 1963.