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First music store in America opened on this day 1759

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It was the 13th December 1759, and Michael Hillegas opened the first music store in America in the city of Philadelphia. It wasn’t quite the same as the music stores we know today- there were no CDs or records on sale. The shop sold a range of musical goods, including instruments, sheet music, ruled paper and music tutors.

The owner of the store, Michael Hillegas, was an extremely wealthy merchant. His business interests generated a lot of money, and used to support the Revolutionary War. Interestingly, Hillegal also went on to become the first treasurer of the USA.

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