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:

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:

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:

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:


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


Photos from 2017 Walk to Remember Srebrenica Events

“Casualties of war do not end when the war ends on the paper.” — Sanida Palavra speaking at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017

Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, July 11, 2017, Kentucky Museum

On July 11, 2017 at the Walk to Remember Srebrenica Symposium, members of the Bowling Green Bosnian American community shared stories about living in wartime Bosnia, including besieged Srebrenica and Sarajevo. Sanida Palavra, one of the panelists, reflects, “A lot of what I know about war comes from stories my parents shared with me.”

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Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide, July 15, 2017, Downtown Bowling Green

The Walk to Remember Srebrenica Genocide was held on Saturday, July 15th.  Backpacks were collected for the Stuff the Bus initiative, with backpacks symbolizing lives lost. After several speakers, participants walked a route 8372 steps in length, each step representing a victim of the genocide.

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Commemorating the Srebrenica Genocide

by Virginia Siegel / Research by the Bosnia Oral History Project Committee

Bowling Green’s Walk to Remember Srebrenica, July 2016.  Photo by Mirnes Hajric.

Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the start of the Srebrenica Genocide in Bosnia & Herzegovina, which began July 11, 1995.  Many of our fellow Kentuckians are survivors of the Srebrenica Genocide and many lost loved ones.

This week, the Bosnian American community of Bowling Green is hosting events to commemorate and remember Srebrenica, as well as many other sites of genocide and atrocity during the Bosnian War of the 1990s.  Many in our Bowling Green community lived in besieged Srebrenica and survived the events of the genocide; many of their loved ones did not survive.

The Srebrenica Genocide of 1995

“When we saw that there was no hope for Srebrenica and its people — that the final moment had come, the terror could be felt in the air. It is a strange feeling to describe, there are no words for it, but you knew that this day is like no other and you knew that this day will stand among the rest of your days.” – Mehmed Alić, as shared with Senida Husić, 2015

As nations of the former Yugoslavia began their struggles for independence in the 1980s, following the death of Tito and the breakdown of communism in other countries in Europe, Serbia used military strength to expand its power in the Balkan region.  Between 1992 and 1995, the village of Srebrenica in Eastern Bosnia served as a stronghold and refuge for Bosnian Muslims (Bosniaks) facing ethnic cleansing from Bosnian Serb and Serb forces.

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On Our Plates: Check’s Cafe


On our plates: On June 7th, KFP’s Nicole Musgrave had the chance to try out Check’s Café in Louisville’s Schnitzelburg neighborhood. Check’s has been a staple in the neighborhood since the 1940s, serving up a mix of German and Southern favorites such as Braun-schweiger & potato salad, and rolled oysters & cornbread. Visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website to view an oral history interview about Check’s Café from the @southernfoodways alliance.