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The National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame was founded in the Birthplace of Thumbpicking, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1998. The Organizing Committee consisted of thumbpicker Eddie Pennington of Princeton, KY, Judge/Executive Rodney Kirtley of Greenville, KY, and historian Bobby Anderson of Beechmont, KY.

The NTPHF is made up of members whose purpose is to honor, preserve and promote the art of thumbpicking, and its heritage. The NTPHF organization does this by hosting a weekend of events in Muhlenberg County. The activities each year begin on Friday evening with a ceremony to honor various categories of living and deceased thumbpickers and supporters.  Saturday's events begin with a thumbpicking contest during the day, performances by various pickers, and is concluded by an evening concert featuring well known thumbpicking artists. The weekend closes out on Sunday with an open mic Jam session in Paradise Park. The 2010 NTPHF weekend will be held September 24-26 at the Merle Travis Music Center, located next to Paradise Park in Powderly, KY. Membership: Anyone can become a member of the NTPHF organization. The supporting members of the NTPHF vote each year on nominated individuals to be inducted into the NTPHF. Membership dues are collected annually and are $15.00 for an individual membership, or $25.00 for a family membership, which includes school-age children. For more information on becoming a member, please email us at membership@ntphf.com