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FrankenMumming: The 2018 AFC Mummers’ Play

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Note: Every year, in the week of the Library’s holiday party, staff members of the American Folklife Center put our research and performance skills into play, bringing collections to life in a dramatic performance that tours the halls of the Library of Congress.  Dressed in costumes that range from striking to silly, we sing, act, …

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Christmas Songs Podcast is Live!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Episode three of the Folklife Today Podcast is ready for listening! Find it at this page on the Library’s website, or on iTunes, or with your usual podcatcher. Get your podcast here!   Our latest podcast presents some of our favorite Christmas songs.  In this blog post, I’ll present the full versions of all the songs.  …

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Mumming Up Soon! AFC Mumming is Wednesday!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The American Folklife Center Mummers will present their annual mummers’ play in the Great Hall of the Library of Congress at 3:15 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12. It’s open to the public, so come on in and see us perform! This year’s play is called FrankenMumming: An Arctic Monster Library Modernization Mumming. It features innovators-in-residence …

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Homegrown Plus: From the Mountains to the Sea with Jeff and Gerret Warner

Posted by: Stephen Winick

In the Homegrown Plus series, we present Homegrown concerts that also had accompanying oral history interviews, placing both together in an easy-to-find blog post. (Find the whole series here!) We’re continuing the series with From the Mountains to the Sea: The Folksong Collecting Work of Anne and Frank Warner, an unusual presentation in our series.  From the Mountains …

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Spanish Folklife and Fieldwork Online

Posted by: Stephen Winick

A few weeks ago we announced in Folklife Today that our fieldwork guide, Folklife and Fieldwork, was available in a new Spanish-language edition. At that time, I mentioned that the next step would be to place a pdf online, and we’re glad to say it’s available!  You can download both English and Spanish versions here. Once …

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Ironworkers Are Newest Addition to Occupational Folklife Project

Posted by: Stephen Winick

The American Folklife Center is delighted to announce that an important oral history collection documenting the lives and working careers of Ironworkers in the Upper Midwest is the latest addition to the Occupational Folklife Project collections online at the Library of Congress’s website. In 2011, Professor James P. Leary, from the Center for the Study …