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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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: http://ift.tt/2gKdEpe

Welcome to WKU’s International Year of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Dobro došli! Welcome! It’s officially the start of WKU’s International Year of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the flag for Bosnia and Herzegovina is waving at the Kentucky Museum!

Here at the Kentucky Folklife Program we’re putting the finishing touches on our exhibit, A Culture Carried: Bosnians in Bowling Green, and also planning monthly programming for the coming year.  We hope you’ll join us for our exhibit opening on September 29, 2017 from 5-7pm.
Keep in mind there’s a many other events planned on WKU’s campus by other departments.  For a complete roster of events on campus, make sure you keep an eye on the Office of International Program’s featured calendar for IYO Bosnia.  We’ll be sharing more information about our calendar for the year as it is finalized.  Happy new school year everyone!
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Photos from RUX Bowling Green

This weekend, the Kentucky Folklife Program was excited to serve as a regional host partner for the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (RUX). With 65 RUX members from across the Commonwealth in attendance, this past weekend was spent learning about the history, culture, identity, and landscape of South Central Kentucky.  To learn more about KFP’s role in RUX, visit our KFP/RUX program page.

To see photos from our weekend, check out a collection of our instagram posts below!
Welcome RUX! We’re so excited to be hosting the #kyrux2017 cohort this weekend! Kicked things off at the @ffoyamusic house this evening. Looking forward to exploring the culture, history, and landscape of Cave Country with this group! #kyfolklife from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2uH05iK

We took @ruxkentucky members to lunch at Babylon Restaurant in Bowling Green. Owners Wisam Asal and Ghazwan Nahdeh prepared fresh falafel, chicken shawarma, hummus, and fatoush, and then treated us to baklava. #kyrux2017 #kyfolklife #bgky from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2vhpBN5

Michelle Howell of @needmoreacresfarm had the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange (@ruxkentucky) out to her farm in #scottsville to share about the work that she does connecting people with food. Howell provided us with a beautiful farm-to-table meal, the Department of Folk Studies & Anthropology provided us with BBQ from the Smoke Shack in Scottsville, and the @deadbrokebarons out of Franklin provided us with the tunes. Can’t think of a better way to spend a beautiful summer evening in South Central #kentucky. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2eYL4TO


@wku_folkstudies alum, Alexia Ault, gave @ruxkentucky folks a ghost story tour around @wku‘s campus. #kyfolklife #kyrux2017 from Instagram: http://ift.tt/2tOqCHS