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Happy Blogiversary from Folklife Today!

Nine staff members in colorful costumes.

AFC staff members in Halloween costumes earlier today: Sarah Lerner (crab), Margaret Kruesi (Mardi Gras mask) Maya Lerman (spider queen), Kelly Revak (squid), Judith Gray (cat) Jennifer Cutting (pirate), Stephen Winick (king), Nicole Saylor (shark), Stephanie Hall (woodland sprite).

As our longtime readers may recall, the first post on Folklife Today was for Halloween 2013. It called attention to Jack Santino’s Halloween article, and updated it with new information and scary collection items. Since then, we have collected Halloween photos and blogged about spooky stories and (most recently) bats.

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Kelly Revak, Nicole Saylor, and Sarah Lerner, aka the AFC Sea Life Collection.

We have now blogged about folklife and oral history for exactly three years, and this is our 300th post. So if Halloween is not your cup of tea, we have covered all kinds of folklore, and presented rich oral histories with a special focus on the collections of the Veterans History Project. If you’ve joined us recently, please explore our posts!

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Trio of AFC bloggers: Stephen Winick, Nicole Saylor, Stephanie Hall.

We’ll be back very soon with big news about VHP and AFC staff, and more discussion of the blog itself. And of course, we’ll continue our posts about AFC and VHP collections. But for now, we just wanted to thank our longtime readers for sticking with us, and our newer ones for joining the fun.

Here’s to many more years of Folklife Today!

Five Questions with Jennifer Cutting

The following is a guest post by Jennifer Cutting.  The “Five Questions” interview was performed by Danna Bell, from the Library of Congress’s Educational Outreach office.  A shorter version of her answers is available at their blog, Teaching with the Library of Congress. Describe what you do at the Library of Congress and the materials […]

Rosanne Cash Curates a Carnegie Hall Exhibit with AFC

When Rosanne Cash, recognized by the Library as one of the most compelling figures in popular music, was asked to curate a series of concerts at Carnegie Hall in New York, she graciously brought the American Folklife Center along for the ride. Cash asked AFC to help her curate a photo exhibit, which is being […]

Researcher Spotlight: Simona Tobia

This past spring, the Veterans History Project (VHP) has had the pleasure of hosting Kluge Fellow Simona Tobia of Reading University in the UK. Simona’s interest in the human experience of war fits beautifully with VHP’s mission and collections. Her research on interrogation during World War II is fascinating, and in order to share it […]

Q & A with Journalist Vern Smith on the Voices of Civil Rights Project Collection

Two weeks ago, Beth Domingo of AARP’s Life Reimagined Institute and journalist Vern Smith came to the American Folklife Center to talk with us about their work on the Voices of Civil Rights project (AFC 2005/015), sponsored by AARP and donated to the Library of Congress in 2005, and to hear about our recent work […]

Carlos Núñez Concert Honors Alan Lomax’s Spanish Fieldwork

As I have mentioned several times on this blog, the 100th birthday of Alan Lomax is fast approaching.  We’ll be celebrating the birthday itself with an exhibit, and then extending our celebrations throughout the year.  However, today I thought it might be fun to show you that we’ve already gotten a jump on our celebrations […]

Vintage Researcher Photo: George Takei

In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, we present this vintage AFC researcher photo. (And by “vintage,” I mean “prior to the existence of Folklife Today.”) This photo shows the stage, film, and television actor George Takei, best known as Mr. Sulu from the original Star Trek, who visited the AFC Reading Room on April […]