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American Folklife Center Presents 2020 Fellowships and Awards Recipients

Friday, June 26, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

The American Folklife Center (AFC) at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of its three competitive annual fellowships and awards programs: the Archie Green Fellowships, the Gerald E. and Corinne L. Parsons Fund Award, and Henry Reed Fund Award. This year, these three awards went to twelve projects throughout the United States, whose proposals were reviewed and selected by internal and external panels at the American Folklife Center.

The recipients of the Archie Green Fellowships are:

  • Vyta Baselice, an independent scholar in Washington D.C., for a documentation project on Cement Workers in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley;
  • North Carolina folklorist Katy Clune and artist Julia Gartell for their project Fixing, Mending, Making New: North Carolina Repair Professionals;
  • Alana Glaser, a medical anthropologist at St. John’s University in Queens, New York, to document Nurses’ Experiences of Caring at the Veterans Health Administration;
  • Folklorist Samuel Kendrick and photographer and educator Ellen Kendrick, of Richards, Missouri, for Agricultural Pilots: Crop Dusters in the Rural Midwest;
  • Folklorist Edward Y. Millar and Niagara University to document The Ransomville Speedway: Stock Car Track Workers in Western New York;
  • Oral historian Dr. Julie Pearson-Little Thunder and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, for her project on Immigrant Women Artists in Oklahoma;
  • Folklorist Ethan Sharp of Lexington, Kentucky, for Hope for Recovery: Peer Support Workers in Kentucky.

The recipients of the Gerald E. and Corrine L. Parsons Fund Award are:

  • Joanna Zatteiro from Albuquerque, New Mexico, to expand her research on early cowboy songs, focusing particularly on the Robert Winslow Gordon Adventure Magazine Manuscripts collection at the AFC;
  • Kristina Gaddy, a writer and researcher from Baltimore, Maryland, to conduct research on the history of the banjo related to her book Well of Souls: Searching for the Banjo’s Lost History;
  • Windborne, a musical ensemble based in Massachusetts, to conduct research on Music of Struggle at the AFC.

The recipients of the Henry Reed Fund Award are:

  • Bean String Ballad Sing. William Ritter of North Carolina to organize, produce, and document an event that will be both a ballad sing and a working bee for preparing beans by methods traditional in the North Carolina mountains;
  • Emma Hayes Dusenbury Project. Nora Rodes, researcher, singer, and high school student from Pittsburgh to increase awareness and accessibility of the Library’s holdings related to the noted ballad singer Emma Hayes Dusenbury of Mena, Arkansas, whose prodigious song repertoire and other folkways were documented by John A. Lomax, Sidney Robertson Cowell, Vance Randolph, and others.

To learn more of the projects, see Folklife Today

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