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Pics of the Week: John McCutcheon!

This week, we had a very special guest at AFC: folksinger, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist John McCutcheon.  John brought us a masterful performance of traditional music, much of it gleaned from fieldwork he donated years ago to the AFC archive. He also graciously sat for an oral history interview. Both were recorded and will become webcasts, […]

VHP’s Newest Experiencing War: “Cold War Dispatches: Service Stories from 1947-1991”

A shy but determined young teletype operator. An Air Force engineer with dreams of going into space. A spy with a talent for driving fast cars and getting thrown out of East Germany. The commander of a squadron of the elite Special Forces unit known as Delta Force. What’s the common thread tying together this […]

Singing the Archive in the Schoolroom: A Collaboration between the Library of Congress and the Global Scholars Academy

This guest post is by Sarah Elizabeth Tomlinson, a Ph.D. candidate in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At their school’s annual Christmas performance, forty kindergarten and first-grade students in Durham, North Carolina bounced and sang along with the Library of Congress. Specifically, they performed for an audience of family and […]

“Mustache on a Cabbage Head”: Three Centuries’ Experience with “Our Goodman”

In my last post at Folklife Today, I wrote about a folksong that connected my appearances on some important radio shows. Since then, some of my Library of Congress colleagues (some current and some retired) have expressed interest in the song, stemming from their own experiences as radio listeners. Given their interest, I thought I’d […]

‘Fair winds and following seas, sailor.’

The following is a guest blog post by Owen Rogers, a Liaison Specialist for the Veterans History Project (VHP).  In Memoriam: The Honorable John S. McCain III We mourn the loss of the Honorable John S. McCain III, whose service in U.S. military and Congress yielded particularly meaningful contributions to the Library of Congress. As […]

Memory XFR offers a chance to learn about digitizing family memories captured on tape, slides or video

This is a guest blog post by Julia Kim, Digital Assets Specialist at the American Folklife Center. Do you have precious VHS tapes of special family events that you want preserved in the digital age? Are you perplexed about what it takes to digitize your organization’s recordings? If so, you are invited to Memory XFR, […]

“Going Where We’re Needed Most”: Recruitment of Military Women Over the Decades

The following is a blog post by Lisa Gomez and Sam Meier, Junior Fellows working for the Veterans History Project (VHP) this summer. To read their previous blog posts from this summer, go here and here. Lisa’s flashback to 2015: I have a vivid memory of listening to Ashton Carter, then-Secretary of Defense, announce that the […]