We have officially completed four weeks of the Community Scholars training in Allen County! The 12 soon-to-be Community Scholars have been hard at work interviewing family and community members and developing projects. Since the program’s kick-off in August, Mark Brown of Kentucky Arts Council and the staff of the Kentucky Folklife Program have been meeting with the participants every-other week to delve into the worlds of folklore, oral history, and community research.
Kentucky Folklife Program staff is honored to be working with the African American Museum of the Bowling Green Area. Last night KFP staff met with some of the AAMBG Board members for an oral history workshop, interview practice and equipment tutorials. We are expecting great things from this new local non-profit museum! Check back here for updates on our work with the AAMBG and visit the AAMBG facebook page to learn more about the museum and to keep up to date with the continuing preparations for the museum opening.
Over the course of the last 20 years the Kentucky Folklife Program has collaborated with both National and State Parks on various projects and presentations and beginning this summer, KFP’s relationship with the parks will take a new form.
Kentucky Folklife Program Director, Brent Björkman and Traditional Art Indiana Director, Jon Kay have been awarded the 2013 Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. This fellowship is awarded each year to select projects dedicated to occupational folklore research. Brent and Jon’s project, Ranger Lore: The Occupational Folklife of Parks will focus on the lives and work of National and State Park rangers in Indiana and Kentucky.
This month the Kentucky Arts Council and the Kentucky Folklife Program launched the next step of the 2-year Allen County Folklife and Oral History Project, a Community Scholars program in Allen County. For the next few months KFP and KAC will be training community members to collect, interpret, preserve, and share the culture and traditions of their communities.
On Saturday, June 15th KFP staff and WKU Professors and graduate students headed out to the Martin Homeplace near Allegre, KY to celebrate 18th annual Odell Martin Day.
This annual event is a day for thumbpickers to gather in honor of Kentucky thumbpicker Odell Martin. Martin, who was inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999, was a well-known thumbpicker who played with Hank Thompson, Jerry Reed, Eddie Pennington, Paul Yandell, and many others.
In these first few weeks of summer Kentucky Folklife Program has been busy packing, cleaning, and organizing to make the move into the Pioneer Log Cabin at WKU. Take a moment to look at the photos from the move. See the full photo album on facebook.
In honor of our move into the Pioneer Log Cabin we would like to share a bit about the history of our new home!