Welcome to Folklife Today

Today we welcome the  newest member of the Library of Congress blogosphere: Folklife Today, a new blog produced by the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

AFC has one of the largest archives in the world relating to traditional folk culture.  The center’s team of bloggers will be posting regularly with interesting information about its collections and services and other folklore and folklife topics of interest.

With a look at one of America’s favorite holidays, Folklife Today debuts with its first post on the history and folklore of Halloween.

Folklife Today joins this blog, as well as others from the Library of Congress, including our Music Division and our Science, Technology and Business Division. You can access all of the Library’s blogs here.

Tell Me a Story

“100 years from now, what will it mean to have recorded and preserved the voices and experiences of everyday people?” Celebrating its “10 years of listening to America” this month, Storycorps asks that very question. The oral history project’s mission is to provide people of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share and […]

Inquiring Minds: Sabor! Latin American and Hispanic Cookbooks in the Library of Congress Collections

(The following is a guest post by Kaydee McCann, humanities editor for the “Handbook of Latin American Studies” and reference librarian in the Hispanic Division.) Historian Natalia Silva Prada is a visiting researcher in the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress. Supported by a fellowship from Goya Foods, she spent two months preparing an annotated bibliography […]