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The Watershed Years: US Public Folklore: The Watershed Years

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Produced by Periscope Productions, Sageland Media
Copyright: 2008 The American Folklore Society
57 minutes, Color
Original format: DV Mini, 2008
Distributor: Other
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Although the field of folklore in the United States has always had a lively public front since its founding in the late 19th century, the late 1960's and the 1970's were watershed years for the American public folklore, during which several of the main national and international institutions in the field came into being and developed their signature programs.

The interviews presented here tell some of the stories behind the creation and growth of three of those institutions: the Smithsonian Institution's Festival of American Folklife(now the Smithsonian Folklife Festival), the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress and the Folk and Traditional Arts Program of the National Endowment for the Arts(NEA).