Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange accepting new applicants

The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX) has convened more than 130 Kentuckians from 24 counties. The Kentucky RUX network aligns people working across the arts, agriculture, community health and small business to work together toward the transformation of Kentucky’s economies, communities and sense of self.

The Kentucky RUX network will showcase a new Kentucky community this year, the sixth to participate. The Kentucky RUX network welcomes the communities of Bowling Green and the surrounding region as a host community, and the Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU as a regional partner. The Kentucky Folklife Program is housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at WKU.

The mission of the Kentucky RUX is to grow relationships across divides to build a more collaborative and connected Commonwealth. Founded in 2014 by Art of the Rural and Appalshop, and supported by the Rural Policy Research Institute and several Kentucky businesses, the Kentucky RUX has collaborated with 52 distinct partners from every corner of the Commonwealth. Our 2016 cohort of 75 participants showcases the Commonwealth’s diversity: more than 75 percent of RUX leaders are under 40, and 25 percent are people of color. Of these, 67 people completed the rigorous program, at a rate of 90 percent.


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Bosnian Coffee Demo on 3/7

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Coffee Demonstration
with Senida Husić, Dženana Kadrić, and Sanida Palavra

Wednesday, March 7th
WKU Faculty House

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Season’s Greetings and Winter Office Hours


The semester’s end is quickly approaching and everyone at the Kentucky Folklife Program would like to wish wish you a ‘Happy Holidays!’ We are looking forward to sharing new events, programs, and more with you in 2018.

Please note, Western Kentucky University (and so the Kentucky Folklife Program) is closed for winter break from December 14th through January 1, 2018.  We’ll resume normal business hours on January 2nd.  See you in the new year!

Bosnian Pita Demonstration to be held 11/16

The Kentucky Folklife Program and the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology invite you to join us for a:

Bosnian Pita Demonstration
with Fatima Delic and Nejra Delic

Thursday, November 16th
Confucius Institute Kitchen

Organized by the students of FLK 585 Foodways

Join us as mother-daughter pair Fatima and Nejra Delic prepare pita and discuss the importance of this foodway tradition to Bosnian culture.
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This event is being organized and presented by the WKU Folk Studies FLK 585 Foodways class as part of the programming for our exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green at the Kentucky Museum. This event is also part of our campus-wide International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina. No reservations needed. For more info, you can visit our Facebook event page.

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Community Heritage Day this Saturday

Community Heritage Day at the Kentucky Museum will be held this Saturday:

November 4, 2017, 9am – 4 pm

Free Admission to the Kentucky Museum

We invite you to bring a selection of items that are significant to your family or our community story (maximum of five). We’ll be digitizing 2-dimensional items and photographing 3-dimensional items. While supplies last, you will be able to take a digital copy home along with your items on a complimentary flash drive. With your permission, copies will also be included in WKU’s Folklife Archive.

To see a complete schedule of events and learn more, make to sure view the event page on our website and our Facebook page. Hope to see you there!

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Hammer-In this Saturday

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Join us on October 7, 2017 for the Hammer-In at the Kentucky Museum, a free community event celebrating the metal workers’ trade. The event includes demonstrations, classes, exhibits, a narrative stage, and other activities for all ages. For detailed information about the schedule and demonstrators, check out the the Kentucky Museum’s website.  You can also  download the schedule for the day.

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Bosnian Coffee Demo on October 26th, 4:30-6:30pm

The Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology‘s graduate Foodways class, in conjunction with the Kentucky Folklife Program, will be presenting a Bosnian coffee demonstration on Thursday, October 26th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at the Kentucky Museum (room TBA).

“Making Bosnian coffee is something that you have to learn and…it’s an acquired skill…it’s almost an apprenticeship that your your mom or your parents put you through.” – Senida Husić, 2016

Join us as Senida Husić and Sanida Palavra prepare coffee and discuss the importance of coffee and ćejf to Bosnian culture and tradition.  Special RSVP required for this event.  To RSVP, please fill out the form below:

*** NOTE: This event has passed. The form is no longer available. ***


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WKU PBS produces “Behind the Scenes” of “A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green”

by Virginia Siegel / Video courtesy of WKU PBS

As the Kentucky Museum and Kentucky Folklife Program entered the final stages of construction and exhibit preparation, WKU PBS was there to capture it.  WKU PBS will be producing a series of videos on the Bowling Green Bosnian American community and our current exhibit A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green throughout the semester.  This first video is a sneak peak of that footage, and we will add more videos here as they are released.  Many thanks to the WKU PBS team for documenting the hard work that’s gone into our project!

See this video on Facebook.

See this video on Facebook.

“A Culture Carried” Opens Friday

We invite you to join us for the exhibit opening of A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green (Kulturno naslijeđe: Bosanci u Bowling Green-u)

  • Date: Friday, September 29th
  • Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
  • Place: Kentucky Museum

Remarks by President Timothy C. Caboni to begin promptly at 6:00pm.  Our opening reception will include musical performances by Balkan musicians Armin Hasanagic and Sasha Strunjas of Bowling Green. Bosnian-themed refreshments will be provided. IYO Bosnia and Herzegovina t-shirts will be available for $5 (cash or check) for faculty, staff, and community members.

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