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Archive: 2020 (119 Posts)

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Homegrown Plus: Vishtèn

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 Vishtèn, an award winning Canadian band that performs both traditional and original Acadian music with rock energy. Their original “neo-traditional” compositions are based on …

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Remembering Fred Stewart

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This is a guest post written by Carl Fleischhauer. This blog celebrates the life of Fred Stewart, who passed away on September 23, 2019, a victim of cancer at the age of fifty-nine. Fred was a cattle rancher in Paradise Valley, Nevada. He had taken over the Ninety-Six Ranch in 2006 at the death of …

Songs and Tunes from “Fearless: A Tribute to Irish American Women”

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Recently, I had occasion to compile a curated set of recordings from the American Folklife Center relating to Irish American women. The recordings were put together as a special gift for some VIP guests, but it occurred to me that we could share them with everyone else too, via the blog. And what better time …

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Winding Down the Civil Rights History Project: A Retrospective and Appreciation

Posted by: Guha Shankar

As African American History Month concludes in 2020, the AFC is proud to announce the culmination of the Civil Rights History Project (CRHP) with the online release of the last batch of the 145 video interviews recorded with veteran activists for the collection. All the interviews are available on the Civil Rights History Project page, at …

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Podcast: Part 2 of Winter Songs!

Posted by: Stephen Winick

Episode 16 of the Folklife Today Podcast (or Season 2, Episode 4) 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! We’re also happy to announce that we’re now available on Stitcher as well–use this link here! In the episode, …

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James Hogg: Scotland’s Shepherd Poet

Posted by: Stephen Winick

This is a guest post by Valentina Bold and Nancy Groce. It has been updated to include the video of the James Hogg Symposium. Scroll down or read on to watch the symposium. On February 21, 2020, the American Folklife Center joined the University of Stirling to present a one-day public symposium celebrating the 250th …

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VHP’s Newest Online Exhibit: Family Matters: Relatives at War

Posted by: Megan Harris

Today, the Veterans History Project (VHP) launches a new online exhibit to feature the stories of family members who served in the military—some at the same time, and others decades apart. As I was composing this blog post and considering the narratives that are included in the new feature, my eyes wandered to a small, …