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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.


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!


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!

Bats: Spooky Superheroes?

Bats show up everywhere at Halloween. Often they are playing a bit part, in the background of decorations and advertising as a kind of mascot for the holiday.  But they do show up in their major role in horror movies and television programs, as the dreaded vampire transforms into a bat and flies away. The […]

Day of the Deployed

The following is a guest post by Andrew Huber, Liaison Specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP). October 26th marks the National Day of the Deployed, which honors all those veterans and active duty soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen who have spent time abroad in service to their country. As anyone who has been deployed […]

More about “The Dodger”: New Evidence about one of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs”

[Note: this is the second in a series of posts about a classic item from the AFC archive, “The Dodger.”  See the first post here.] In this post, I’ll present some exciting new evidence about the history of an important American folksong, “The Dodger.” It significantly changes our understanding of the story of “The Dodger,” […]