Spring Update

We here at the Kentucky Folklife Program are excited to share a few of our recent exciting projects, some bittersweet news, and a bright outlook on what is to come. Thank you for supporting our work and coming along for the ride with us!   Farewell Virginia It is with both a heavy yet cheerful … Continue reading Spring Update

Kentucky’s headed to Missouri!

Next Saturday, KFP Director Brent Björkman will be taking a Kentucky tradition on the road! On April 29th, Brent will be visiting Missouri friends to share a talk about Kentucky's white oak basket tradition. If you're in the area, make sure to check it out! For more info, check out the Facebook Event.

Remembering Paul Rich

Remembering Douglas Paul Rich: The Kentucky Folklife Program is saddened to share the news that Paul Rich passed away peacefully at his home on Sunday, March 12th. Along with his wife Vennie, Paul was a long-time basketmaker from the Mammoth Cave region. After an informal community apprenticeship with local basketmaker Tony Waddell, Paul began a … Continue reading Remembering Paul Rich

Basket Demonstration December 4th

Join us this Sunday, Dec. 4th for a White Oak Basketmaking Demonstration at the Mammoth Cave National Park Visitor Center from 12-3pm. We're pleased to have white oak basketmakers Scott Gilbert and Beth Hester along with willow and honeysuckle basketmakers Charles, Charlene, and Brandon Long joining us to talk about their craft. This is a … Continue reading Basket Demonstration December 4th

November Newsletter Now Out

Check out our latest newsletter here. Highlights from the newsletter: KFP accepting Nominations for the Homer Ledford Award KFP's next Log Cabin Old-Time Jam to be held on November 17th from 7-9pm Upcoming Basket Celebration at the Kentucky Museum Hammer-In review KFP website overhaul! If you would like to subscribe and receive our monthly newsletter, … Continue reading November Newsletter Now Out

October Newsletter – Read and Subscribe!

Check out our latest newsletter here. Highlights from the newsletter: KFP's upcoming Hammer-In to take place this Saturday at the Kentucky Museum KFP's Log Cabin Old-Time Jam to be held on October 27th from 7-9pm KFP featured in the Journal of Folklore and Education Updates on the Kentucky Museum exhibition Standing the Test of Time: … Continue reading October Newsletter – Read and Subscribe!

Travel Exhibit Panels on Display at Taylor Co. Public Library

In early 2014, KFP began working on a set of exhibit panels discussing Kentucky’s white oak basket-making tradition. Funded by a recently awarded NEA ArtWorks grant, these free-standing, 3′ x 7′ retractable panels incorporate images of basket-makers, their work, and the life narratives of these artists to help contextualize this important local tradition for a … Continue reading Travel Exhibit Panels on Display at Taylor Co. Public Library