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Remembering Fred Stewart

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 […]

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

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 […]

Podcast: Part 2 of Winter Songs!

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, […]

James Hogg: Scotland’s Shepherd Poet

This is a guest post by Valentina Bold and Nancy Groce. On February 21, the American Folklife Center will join the University of Stirling to present a one-day public symposium celebrating the 250th anniversary of the contributions the influential Scottish song-maker, folklore collector, novelist, and poet James Hogg (1770-1835). Often called “The Ettrick Shepherd,” Hogg […]

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

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, […]

News Coverage of Folklife Research for African American History Month

The American Folklife Center has recently received some coverage for our efforts to research and recognize African American history which we’d like to tell you about. Last weekend the Atlanta Journal Constitution published this article about the spiritual “Kumbaya.” In the article, Shelia M. Poole interviews AFC staff members John Fenn and Stephen Winick (hey, that’s me) and even call me “the folklorist version of Sherlock Holmes” for locating what we believe to be the first sound recording of “Kumbaya” some years ago. She also interviews Griffin Lotson, who did research here and in Georgia, and who helped get the song declared the first State Historical Song of Georgia. We wrote about that research here on the blog. We also did a podcast about it, at this link. And we’ve previously  been covered and interviewed by the New York Times, which you can find here.