KFP hosting Kimchi Demonstration

The Kentucky Folklife Program and WKU Folk Studies are hosting a Kimchi demonstration on April 27th at 4:00pm in the Confucius Institute Kitchen as part of Western Kentucky University‘s International Year of South Korea. Open the public, Kyu Frohman of Radcliff, KY will lead the demonstration, and will share memories about family traditions tied to making and eating Kimchi.

The event is free and open to the public. If you are a WKU student, the event will also be “swipeable” for your Student Engagement Activities Transcript.

The Confucius Institute Kitchen is located in WKU’s new model Confucius Institute building on Normal Street, not to be confused with the Confucius Institute’s space in Helm Library.  The new Confucius Institute building is next to WKU’s Honors College and International Center.  While the brand-new Confucius Institute building is not on the campus map yet, you can get directions by locating the Honors College and walking to the next building over (single-story building with a garden).

We hope you join us!

KFP Kimchi Demonstration Poster

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From the Archives: Canning


From the archives: Irene Moore of Jackson County, #KY displays a selection of her canned goods at the 1997 Kentucky Folklife Festival. Canning has been an important mode of food preservation for many of Kentucky’s people, and it continues to be a vibrant tradition today. To read the poem “Canning Memories” by Frank X Walker, visit the Southern Foodways Alliance website.

From the Archives: Fried pies for Pi Day!


Fried pies for Pi Day! Sheila Burd from Horse Cave, #KY demonstrating how to make fried pies from our narrative stage at last year’s Horse Cave Heritage Festival. Burd told us a story about selling fried pies to pay for her daughter’s wedding dress: “I got up every morning at about 4:30 – and I was working full time at that time – to make the money to buy that dress with. And I sold enough [pies] to buy that dress and the stuff that went with it. Total it was about $1000 by the time I got done with it. And I gave that little country store a quarter for every five that I sold, and I sold them for $1 a piece. So I made a lot of pies.” #kyfolklife #piday #pieday #friedpies #kentucky #foodways

From the Archives: Kupus


From the archives: Senida Husic and her family cooking up a pot of kupus in their Bowling Green, KY home. Husic described: “The part of [Bosnia] where my family is from, the stew is called ‘kupus’ which is essentially just ‘cabbage’. There are different variations of how it’s made, family to family, but mostly it’s referred to as kupus.”

Community Scholars underway in Allen County


We have officially completed four weeks of the Community Scholars training in Allen County!  The 12 soon-to-be Community Scholars have been hard at work interviewing family and community members and developing projects.  Since the program’s kick-off in August, Mark Brown of Kentucky Arts Council and the staff of the Kentucky Folklife Program have been meeting with the participants every-other week to delve into the worlds of folklore, oral history, and community research.

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