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What's Happening at the American Folklife Center

Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickets unless otherwise noted.

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2016 Events






Nov. 1 through Jan. 2, 2016 Daily through Jan. 2 Exhibit: Celebrating Jean Ritchie and Kentucky’s Folksong Legacy: Kentucky-born Jean Ritchie was a key figure in the development of the folksong revival in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s.  The exhibit displays items that document the growth of the folksong revival and the important contributions of other performers from Kentucky.  South Hall, Thomas Jefferson Building (first floor)


Dec. 7, 2016 12:00-1:30 pm  Kentucky Bourbon Tales: Distilling the Family Business: a video documentary on the occupational folklore of the Kentucky bourbon industry with producer Doug Boyd, director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky. Madison Building Room 139 Free
Dec. 7, 2016 2:00-4:00 pm Kentucky Showcase: Exhibit of Kentucky-related materials from the collections of the American Folklife Center, Geography and Maps, Manuscripts, Music, Prints & Photographs, Rare Books and Special Collections and the Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound divisions  of the Library of Congress Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building  Free
Dec. 7, 2016 8:00-9:30 pm Dale Ann Bradley Band: A Bluegrass Concert Celebrating The Library's Collections from Kentucky. Dale Ann Bradley was born and raised in the coal fields of Kentucky. She fell in love with bluegrass music as an early teen and was determined to pursue her dreams. In 1997, she began leading the "Dale Ann Bradley Band," with whom she has recorded seven albums. Dale Ann writes songs about her upbringing, combining many genres of music, including country and gospel. She has received the International Bluegrass Music Award for female vocalist five times. Her most recent album, which she produced, is entitled Pocket Full of Keys. Learn more at the link. Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building Free

Past Events

Find descriptions and webcasts of past American Folklife Center events, including Botkin Lectures, Civil Rights History Events, Homegrown Concerts, and Symposia.

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