Simple Gifts (1972)

About the Film

Produced by Ohio Bell Telephone and narrated by Ralph Rinzler from the Smithsonian Institution's Folklife Center, this film highlight aspects of Folklife in the State of Ohio. Artisans featured: Ed Boomershine – Whittling and Wind Driven Toys

Ralph Aling* (Millersburg, Ohio) – Weaving and fiber arts

Mr. and Mrs. General Custer Nicholas* (Carrollton, Ohio) – Dulcimer music and ballads

Ohio Valley String Band (Sam Cox, John Lozier, Eugene McFarland, Mrs. Eugene McFarland, Forest Pick, James Wheeler)* (West Union, Ohio) – Old time music

Harry Rife* (Leesburg, Ohio) – Rifle maker

Roz Kurch (Cleveland, Ohio) – Pysanka (Ukrainian Easter egg) decoration

Dominick Labino (Grand Rapids, Ohio) – Glass blowing and stained glass

Robert Junior Lockwood* (Cleveland, Ohio) – Delta blues

*Participated in 1971 Festival American of Folklife. Program available here:


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