Well, I have not made good on my promise to update our news twice a month, and so because of upcoming time constraints this will probably be my last attempt for a while. I encourage everyone in our community to post news of your own work or to keep us informed of interesting folklife happenings within your agencies and regions.

  • Nick Spitzer, host of American Public Media’s “American Routes” and Louisiana’s first state folklorist, has been appointed to the faculty of Tulane University in New Orleans.
  • UNC-Chapel Hill has been awarded two big grants from the NEH and the National Film Preservation Foundation to preserve 2350 hours of recorded media within the Southern Folklife Collection.
  • The annual Trailing of the Sheep festival is happening October 10-12, 2008, in Ketchum, Idaho. Read a bit about it here or at www.westernfolklife.org.
  • Jason Baird Jackson drew my attention to some great documentary film work Jon Kay and Traditional Arts Indiana have been producing, along with the new TAI companion website.
  • Australian researchers are following up on some work on children’s games and folklore conducted by an American folklorist Dorothy Howard in the 1950s. Interesting article.
  • Maggie Holtzberg’s exhibition, “Keepers of Tradition: Art and Folk Heritage in Massachusetts,” was recently named a “Critics’ Pick” by the Boston Globe.
  • Drag City Records, one of my favorite labels, will be posthumously releasing an album of music November 18 by National Heritage Fellow Nimrod Workman, called “I Want To Go Where Things Are Beautiful.” The recordings will be drawn from Mike Seeger’s fieldwork with Mr. Workman in 1982. Read a bit more here.