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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.

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Performances - 2009 Homegrown Concerts
Coolidge Auditorium, Thomas Jefferson Building

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Thursday, August 20, noon to 1:00 pm:
Sreevidhya Chandramouli and friends, Northern Indian Vina music from Oregon.

Wednesday, September 16, noon to 1:00 pm:
Wayne Newell and Blanche Sockabasin, traditional Passamaquoddy music from Maine.

Wednesday, October 7, noon to 1:00 pm:
Rodeo poet Paul Zarzyski and cowboy singer-composer Wylie Gustafson from Montana.

Wednesday, November 18, noon to 1:00 pm:
Barbara Lynn and friends, Texas Rhythm and Blues.

Thursday, December 3, noon to 1:00 pm:
The Berntsons, Traditional Norwegian-American dance music from Virginia.

Select this link for the complete Homegrown 2009 season.

Online Archive of Homegrown Concerts (2005-2008) - View event flyer essays and webcasts (as available).

2009 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series

September 23, 12:00 noon (Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building)
Built with Faith: Place Making and the Religious Imagination in Italian New York, presented by Joseph Sciorra, Queens University, City University of New York.

October 14, 12:00 noon (Pickford Theater, 3rd Floor, James Madison Building)
The Stations of the Nation: Yiddish-American Radio 1925-1955, presented by Henry Sapoznik, University of Wisconsin.

Past 2009 Botkin Lectures: View information about this season's past lectures with event flyer essays and webcasts as they become available. Webcasts for the lectures by Robert Provine, Tracy Sugarman, and Mats Widbom are available.

Online Archive of Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2009) - View event flyer 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 webcasts (all three are now available).


Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore

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Archie Green wearing his Living Legend Award. Photo by Derek Green, August, 2007.

On September 10-11, 2009, the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress will host a two-day event including a tribute, a symposium, and a concert, honoring folklorists Archie Green and Joe Wilson, and celebrating the acquisition of the National Council for the Traditional Arts (NCTA) Collection by the Center's archive. The multifaceted event, entitled Legends and Legacies: An American Folklife Center Celebration of Public Folklore, will feature spoken tributes, musical performances, panel discussions, and rare glimpses at archival treasures.

Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson

The event will be crowned by a magnificent evening concert at 8:00 pm on September 10 in the Library's Coolidge Auditorium. The concert, "Legends & Legacies: Celebrating Joe Wilson and the NCTA Collection," will feature performances by blues harmonica master Phil Wiggins, Irish-American accordion and fiddle musicians Billy McComiskey and Brendan Mulvihill, Kiowa and Comanche music and dancers led by Tom Ware, old-time string band music by the New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters, and high-energy gospel brass from the Sweet Heaven Kings, a United House of Prayer shout band. All these artists have participated in the National Folk Festival and NCTA touring programs. During the concert, Librarian of Congress, Dr. James H. Billington, and Representative David Obey will confer the Library's Living Legend award on Joe Wilson for his lifelong work in public folklore.

Attendance at both events is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Go to the web site and register for this event.

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


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