From the Archives: Horse Cave Heritage Festival


From the archives: Gary Puckett speaks at the Kentucky Folklife Program’s narrative stage “Chattin’ on the Porch” about southern gospel music at the 2015 Horse Cave Heritage Festival. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the festival this year in downtown Horse Cave on 9/16! “Chattin’ on the Porch” will start at 11 AM. #tbt #southerngospel #kentucky #horsecave #southernmusic #localmusic from Instagram:

From the Archives: Canning


From the archives: Irene Moore of Jackson County, #KY displays a selection of her canned goods at the 1997 Kentucky Folklife Festival. Canning has been an important mode of food preservation for many of Kentucky’s people, and it continues to be a vibrant tradition today. To read the poem “Canning Memories” by Frank X Walker, visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website.

From the Archives: Fried pies for Pi Day!


Fried pies for Pi Day! Sheila Burd from Horse Cave, #KY demonstrating how to make fried pies from our narrative stage at last year’s Horse Cave Heritage Festival. Burd told us a story about selling fried pies to pay for her daughter’s wedding dress: “I got up every morning at about 4:30 – and I was working full time at that time – to make the money to buy that dress with. And I sold enough [pies] to buy that dress and the stuff that went with it. Total it was about $1000 by the time I got done with it. And I gave that little country store a quarter for every five that I sold, and I sold them for $1 a piece. So I made a lot of pies.” #kyfolklife #piday #pieday #friedpies #kentucky #foodways

From the Archives


From the Archives: Celebrating women’s creativity and craft. Kentucky has a rich tradition of quilting along with other needlework and fiber-based crafts. Quilting bees are often an important way for women to build community and to express cultural values. Photo circa 1997. #internationalwomensday #kyfolklife #quilting #ky #quiltingbee #materialculture from Instagram:

From the Archives


From the Archives: Juana, an indigenous Mayan from #guatemala, displays a tela that she created. The tela is a style of traditional dress of the Quiche people which is sewn from woven cotton and wool. Juana continues creating these embroidered garments here in #kentucky because they are part of her cultural identity and artistic expression. Photo circa 1998. #kyfolklife #textiles #huipil #materialculture

From the Archives: Kupus


From the archives: Senida Husic and her family cooking up a pot of kupus in their Bowling Green, KY home. Husic described: “The part of [Bosnia] where my family is from, the stew is called ‘kupus’ which is essentially just ‘cabbage’. There are different variations of how it’s made, family to family, but mostly it’s referred to as kupus.”