KFP Pays a Visit to Leona Waddell

Kentucky Folklife Program Director Brent Bjorkman paid a visit to Kentucky White Oak Basketmaker Leona Waddell last week at her home in Cecelia, Kentucky.  For over 20 years, Bjorkman and the KFP team have been intimately connected to the basketmaking community of South Central Kentucky (the Hart, Edmonson and surrounding county area) documenting this internationally-known … Continue reading KFP Pays a Visit to Leona Waddell

KFP Documents the 24th annual White Oak Basket Contest at the Hart County Fair

On Saturday July 3rd, the Kentucky Folklife Program continued its tradition of documenting the 24th annual White Oak Basket Contest at the Hart County Fair.  The White Oak Basket Contest began in 1998 when  Dr. James Middleton, a Hart county resident and physician, was approached by local attorney Charlie Williams who suggested there be a … Continue reading KFP Documents the 24th annual White Oak Basket Contest at the Hart County Fair

Kentucky Folklife Program Debuts Legacy Project Zine Draft

The Kentucky Folklife Program is excited to share the draft zine that will accompany the ongoing Musical Legacy Project. This zine has been the project of Brielle Freeman, who is an undergraduate student at Western Kentucky University. The zine will focus on showing how the music scene of Southcentral Kentucky, and specifically gig culture, has … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Debuts Legacy Project Zine Draft

Kentucky Folklife Program Partners with Bosnian Community for Symposium

This past Saturday, the Kentucky Folklife Program was honored to partner with the Bosnian Community of Bowling Green, the Kentucky Museum, and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology for the Remembering Srebrenica Symposium. The symposium featured a history of the war presented by Arnela Zukic, followed by a screening of the Oscar-nominated film, "Quo … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Partners with Bosnian Community for Symposium

Kentucky Folklife Program to Co-Host Remembering Srebrenica Symposium

This Saturday July 10th Bowling Green’s Bosnian Community, along with WKU partners the Kentucky Folklife Program, Kentucky Museum, and Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology, will again be hosting the Remembering Srebrenica Symposium at the Auditorium at Jody Richards Hall/MMTH 166.  Parking will be available at the Mimosa Lot, adjacent to Gary Ransdell Hall across Normal Street … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program to Co-Host Remembering Srebrenica Symposium

Kentucky Folklife Program to Attend Split White Oak Basket Contest

Tomorrow, Saturday July 3rd, the Kentucky Folklife Program will be attending the Split White Oak Basket Contest at the Hart County Fair.  The contest was founded by Dr. James Middleton, who invited KFP on a split white oak harvest trip this past May. Come join the fun as basketmakers and basket enthusiasts gather to share knowledge … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program to Attend Split White Oak Basket Contest

Kentucky Folklife Program Interviews Musician Jane Pearl

Jane Pearl being interviewed by Brent Bjorkman. Photo by Joel Chapman. On Wednesday June 19th, Brent Bjorman and Joel Chapman visited musician Jane Pearl at her home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. After living in England for nearly 20 years, Pearl has returned to Bowling Green to be the primary caregiver of her father’s estate, which … Continue reading Kentucky Folklife Program Interviews Musician Jane Pearl

2021 Folklife Gathering Features Speakers Available for Viewing

Thank you for participating in the first virtual Kentucky Folklife Gathering! We hope you are still feeling as energized as we are by the innovative and impactful folklife work shared by our guest speakers and panelists. To keep the momentum going, here are a few ways you can stay connected with the Kentucky Folklife Network.  … Continue reading 2021 Folklife Gathering Features Speakers Available for Viewing

The Passing of a Basketmaking Great – Mark Childress

The Kentucky Folklife Program is saddened to share the news of the passing of Mark Childress on March 28, 2021.  As a proud 7th generation legacy of Kentucky’s White Oak basketmaking Childress family, Mark was a prolific and inventive artist who touched everyone.  Throughout his life, Mark remained the epitome of what it means to be a talented artist … Continue reading The Passing of a Basketmaking Great – Mark Childress