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Uploaded on Apr 7, 2009
Although the field of folklore in the United States has always had a lively public front since its founding in the late 19th century, the late 1960s and the 1970s were watershed years for American Public folklore, during which several of the main national and international institutions in the field came into being and developed their signature programs. The interviews presented here tell some of the stories behind the creation and growth of three of those institutions: the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife (now the Smithsonian Folklife Festival), the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, and the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). The interviewees -- Alan Jabbour, Richard Kurin, Archie Green, Bess Lomax Hawes, and Dan Sheehy -- were active participants in this history. This program was produced by the Public Programs Section of the American Folklore Society and funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.