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Tennessee Folklore Society’s 2018 Annual Meeting is Free to the Public

Thursday, October 25, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee

The Tennessee Folklore Society will hold its 84th Annual Meeting on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at the Art Circle Public Library in Crossville, Tennessee. The meeting will begin at 11:00 am (CST) and conclude at approximately 3:30 pm. It is free of charge and open to Society members as well as the general public.

The Tennessee Folklore Society is a statewide organization of professional folklorists, arts presenters, community scholars, and others who share an interest in studying, preserving and celebrating the rich folk arts and cultural traditions of Tennessee. Founded in 1934, the Society publishes the Tennessee Folklore Society Bulletin, the nation’s oldest regional folklore journal.  Its operations are managed by Jubilee Community Arts in Knoxville, Tennessee. 

The Annual Meeting is a time for members, prospective members, and others interested in Tennessee’s folk traditions to gather, present papers and exchange ideas.  The proceedings also include a report from Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program Director Bradley Hanson on TAC program news and activities.

The meeting will include presentations on folk music and culture of the Cumberland Plateau that reflect the important folklife work of our local host, Cumberland Trail State Park. Scott Phelps will give an overview of CTSP’s Sandrock recording label and its remarkable catalog of traditional music from the region. Filmmaker Rachel Boillot will preview excerpts from her upcoming “Cumberland Folklife” documentary film series on folk musicians and artists of the plateau.

Two papers will document little recognized African American traditions of fiddle and banjo music in this part of the state. Linda Henry will report on the Gribble, Lusk, and York string band of Warren County, and Denis Kiely will share his research on musicians of the Roberts family in Overton County. Reflecting the Society’s interest in the growing diversity of Tennessee’s culture, Patricia Gaitely’s presentation will focus on Day of the Dead celebrations among Mexican Americans in middle Tennessee.

 More information about the Tennessee Folklore Society can be found on the Society’s website or Facebook.


10:30    Sign-in ; coffee & snacks ;  please remember to bring  your own lunch

11:00   Annual Business Meeting

Roby Cogswell 

I.       Secretary/Editor’s Report—Brent Cantrell

II.      Treasurer’s Financial Report—Mary Hendershot 

III.     2018-19 Election—Roby Cogswell               

11:30 Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program

Bradley Hanson

12:00  —break—

12:15  Sandrock Recordings

Scott Phelps, Cumberland Trail State Park

12:50 “Some Real American Music”:  the Gribble, Lusk, and York Black String Band of

Warren County 

Linda Henry,  M.A., University of Massachusetts at Boston

1:25    African-American String Music in the Roberts Family of Overton County

                  Denis Kiely, Chattanooga State Community College, retired

 2:00   —break—

2:15   The Day of the Dead Alive and Well in Middle Tennessee

Patricia Gaitely, Middle TN State University  

 2:50   The “Cumberland Folklife” Film Project 

Rachel Boillot, Lincoln Memorial University

3:35   —Adjourn

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