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A Folklife Festival Guide for Kids

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Bringing the kids to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival this weekend? We have compiled a guide of suggested activities, performances, and foodsRead More

Capturing the Social Life in Folklife

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
As the first new media projects employee for the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, I’ve been excited to introduceRead More

Traditions Today: China at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
China has experienced unprecedented economic growth in recent years, resulting in the rapid transformation of its urban landscapes and theRead More

Favorite Festival Moments from Folklife Center Staff

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Even with a million things to do to ensure that the Folklife Festival goes off without a hitch, the staffRead More

Traditional Craft vs. Academia: Living the Folklife

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
I was inching toward the end of graduate school when I started work as the supply coordinator for the 2009Read More

Dorothy Neumann, Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, October 1978

The original negative number is 78-14896-7A, but that negative could not be found on file. The original photograph was re-scanned and given new negative and digital file numbers.

Dorothy Neumann, the supply coordinator for the 1978 Festival of American Folklife.

Visitors Count! Surveying at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
For the past two Smithsonian Folklife Festivals, I have been in charge of “counting and surveying” at the event—getting aRead More

Introducing Kenya at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival celebrates the Republic of Kenya fifty years after its independence. Preston Scott, curator for Kenya: MamboRead More

Introducing China at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Meet the China: Tradition and the Art of Living program team preparing for the 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Curators SojinRead More

Festival Video: 2014 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Welcome to the forty-eighth annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year we celebrate the cultures of Kenya and China. With overRead More

Welcome to the 2014 Folklife Festival!

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
“Tell me and I forget. Show me and I remember. Involve me and I understand.” –Chinese proverb For forty-eight years, theRead More

Capturing the Folklife Festival: A Student Perspective

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Editor’s note: The Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage partnered with ARTLAB+, the Hirshhorn Museum’s digital media studio forRead More

People and Landscapes: Kenya at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
As preparations for the 2014 Folklife Festival begin, participants from all over Kenya are getting ready to make the journeyRead More

A Musical Review: Instruments of the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
With dozens of musicians and dancers from two countries, the Festival boasted a wide variety of musical instruments in itsRead More

Junior Volunteer at Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in TORCH, January 1987

Junior volunteer John McCauley demonstrates marblemaking to onlookers at the 20th Festival of American Folklife, in the Summer of 1986.

Hawaiian Participants at Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in Torch, August 1989

Hawaii was the featured state in the 1989 Folklife Festival from June 23 - July 4. Hawaiian participants are seen here riding horses in a traditional Pa'u parade, down the National Mall, with the Smithsonian Castle behind them, during a downpour.

1974 Festival of American Folklife

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Ralph Rinzler Archives, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Festival of American Folklife Program Book

The 1974 Festival of American Folklife contains programs on Working Americans, Native Americans, and Old Ways in the New World, including Scandinavian and Greek culture, and Mississippi. The Festival is held on the National Mall and jointly sponsored by the National Park Service.

Festival of American Folklife, 1978

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in the "Torch," September 1978

Julia Lopez, a needle craft artist from California, demonstrates Mexican stitchery at the 1978 Festival of American Folklife.

1968 Festival of American Folklife

Smithsonian Libraries
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Festival of American Folklife, 1974

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
Featured in the "Torch," July/August 1974

At the July 3-14, 1974 Festival of American Folklife, Native Americans section, a woman participates in the blanket toss, a game in the World Eskimo Olympics.

Hawaiian Demonstration at Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
At the 1989 Festival of American Folklife, visitors look on as a participant from Hawaii demonstrates crafts to children.

Caribbean Section of Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Archives - History Div
In the 1989 Festival of American Folklife -- The Caribbean: Cultural Encounters in the New World', visitors look on as Festival participants demonstrate a dance associated with Haitian Voodoo ritual.

Remembering Pete Seeger at the Folklife Festival

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
The world lost a major figure in American arts and activism on January 27. Pete Seeger, who revolutionized through music,Read More

1994 Festival of American Folklife

Smithsonian Libraries
"Co-sponsored by the National Park Service"--T.p.

Included is the unnumbered 32 page program: 1994 Festival of American Folklife, July 1-4 & July 7-10.
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