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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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Homegrown 2015 concert series flyerPerformances - 2015 Homegrown Concert Series
To be held in the Whittall Pavilion or the Coolidge Auditorium (see listing). Both venues are in the Thomas Jefferson Building, Ground Floor

September 9: The Legacy of Ola Belle Reed, Featuring David Reed, Hugh Campbell, and Other Friends and Family

September 15: Corridos: Tragic Ballad Songwriting Workshop / Corridos: Taller de composición de baladas trágicas mexicanas with Juan Díes.

September 16: Sones de México Ensemble: Mexican American Music & Dance from Chicago

September 25: Treasures from the Archive Roadshow, featuring featuring the Down Hill Strugglers and John Cohen

Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2014) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Lectures - 2015 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series
Pickford Auditorium, Third Floor, James Madison Building unless otherwise noted

Check back for more Botkin lectures.

Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2015) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts

Civil Rights History Public Programs: Many Paths to Freedom

This series of public educational programs features scholars, activists, and artists who will address a range of topics on the theme of the Civil Rights Movement and the struggle for freedom, social justice and equality for African Americans. See the full 2015 Schedule with descriptions and links to speaker bios.

September 10: Civil Rights, Identity and Sovereignty: Native American Perspectives on History, Law, and the Path Ahead



Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line

American Folklife Center
September 10, 2015. 1:00-5:00
Montpelier Room, Madison Building, Library of Congress

This symposium will feature scholars of music and folklore discussing the impact of Ola Belle Reed’s legacy on traditional music today and talking about the new publication Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line, which features recordings by Henry Glassie and Clifford Murphy. Select the title link to go to the symposium website. The schedule and presenter biographies are available.

The symposium is free and open to the public.

Past Symposia Updates

Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration September 26-27, 2013: Webcasts are now available on the schedule page (or via the Library's webcast site).

Past Symposia (2000 - 2013) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts


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