Horse Cave Heritage Festival a Success

WKU Folk Studies graduate students Nicole Musgrave and Delainey Bowers interviewing Horse Cave musicians and singers at the narrative stage for Chattin’ on the Porch at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival.
That’s a wrap! Another fantastic year of programs for Chattin’ on the Porch at Horse Cave Heritage Festival. Many thanks to our community partners, including the City of Horse Cave, Kentucky. A huge thanks to the folks that make it happen, the graduate students of WKU Folk Studies! Thanks for making this a fun, successful event!
To see more pictures from the event, make sure to check out the WKU Folk Studies Facebook page.

Horse Cave Heritage Festival this weekend


We are now just 2 days away from our narrative stage Chattin’ on the Porch at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival.  We will be at the Historic Thomas House Lawn in downtown Horse Cave, Kentucky starting at 11am on Saturday September 16, 2017.  Join us for conversations with long time Horse Cave residents, musicians, farmers, members of the film industry, and even a storyteller! This is one event that you do not want to miss!

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:

KFP at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival

KFP is making the trip to nearby Horse Cave, Kentucky, for their annual fall festival tomorrow, September 19. Dr. Tim Evans’ graduate-level public folklore class will work with us to facilitate six narrative stages and document the festival. Visit the Horse Cave Heritage Festival website for a schedule of events, and stay tuned for students’ photos and videos. Hope you can join us!

Kentucky Folklife Program at the Horse Cave Heritage Festival


The Kentucky Folklife Program and graduate-level public folklore class have collaborated to provide programming for and staff theHorse Cave Heritage Festival for almost ten years. From conducting narrative stages to surveys and interviews, students spend the day practicing the skills they’ve learned in class.

This year, we were excited to help the town celebrate its sesquicentennial. Hoping to capture Horse Cave’s communal story, the Hart County Tourist Commission enlisted our help to collect short video clips to share on Stay tuned for updates to the site — new videos will be uploaded soon!



Left: Tim Evans and his student, Katheryn Young, lead a discussion on the narrative stage with local woodcarvers. Right: Later in the day, a visitor looks at the interactive timeline, where festival-goers were invited to share their Horse Cave memories.