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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 open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Performances - Homegrown Concerts
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building

2008 Homegrown Poster Image

2009 schedule to be posted

Past Homegrown Concerts (2005-2008) - View event flyers, essays, and webcasts (as available)

Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series for 2009

March 24, 2009, 12:00 noon (Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building)
Living and Building Between Tradition and Change: Vernacular Architecture in Northern Sweden, presented by Mats Widbom, Cultural Counselor, Embassy of Sweden.

Past 2009 Lectures:

Past Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2008) - View event flyers, essays, and webcasts (as available).

Rediscover Northern Ireland Events 2008

Go to the Rediscover Northern Ireland Events 2008 page for a description of these events and links to the available webcasts (currently the Tommy Sands concert and the Len Graham lecture webcasts are online).


Portrait of  Robert Burns
Portrait of Robert Burns, painted by Alexander Nasmyth (1758-1840).

February 24-25, 2009
Mumford Room, sixth floor, James Madison Bulding, Library of Congress

Robert Burns at 250: Poetry, Politics & Performance

To mark the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, in collaboration with The Scottish Government, will present a free public symposium on Burns’ life and work, as well as his impact on America and American culture.

Select this link to view the program and to register.

For further information contact: Nancy Groce, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress; Phone: 202-707-1744; Email:

Past symposia pages recently updated with access to webcasts and photographs of the event:


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