Celebrating a Century of Folklore at WKU

by Virginia Siegel / Research by Michael Ann Williams and Ann Ferrell

Since 2012, the Kentucky Folklife Program has proudly called Western Kentucky University’s Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology home.  This year, the WKU Folk Studies Program is celebrating a century of folklore research and teaching at WKU.  To celebrate, Folk Studies faculty, Michael Ann Williams and Ann Ferrell, have partnered with KFP’s Virginia Siegel to create a poster commemorating the last 100 years.  View the poster and read on to learn more about the history of folklore at WKU.

WKU Century of Folklore Post FOAF(Click on the poster to enlarge)

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Paddy Bowman Visits WKU

KFP and the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology are excited to welcome Paddy Bowman, director of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education, to Western for a short residency during the month of April. In addition to working with students and faculty, Bowman will give a public presentation entitled “Dress to Express” on Tuesday, April 14, at the Kentucky Museum. Details below.paddy

Odell Martin Day

On Saturday, June 15th KFP staff and WKU Professors and graduate students headed out to the Martin Homeplace near Allegre, KY to celebrate 18th annual Odell Martin Day.

OdellMartinDay 6.15.13_0126This annual event is a day for thumbpickers to gather in honor of Kentucky thumbpicker Odell Martin.  Martin, who was inducted into the National Thumbpickers Hall of Fame posthumously in 1999, was a well-known thumbpicker who played with Hank Thompson, Jerry Reed, Eddie Pennington, Paul Yandell, and many others.

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