Library and Archives Hosts Free Folklife Event

By Maria (Dill) Benson, Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett –

Master artist Thomas Maupin dancing on his back porch in Murfreesboro during a lesson with his apprentice and other visitors.

The Tennessee State Library and Archives will host a free event about folklife on Saturday, October 14. The event will demonstrate the multifaceted traditions that include oral stories, songs, art and other cultural aspects.

The Library and Archives’ abundant resources assert Tennessee as a premier resource for national folk studies. The event will highlight a large collection consisting of approximately 22,000 photographs, slides, negatives and digital files, including images from the thirty-year tenure of Dr. Roby Cogswell, former Folklife director, donated by the Tennessee Arts Commission Folklife Program.

In addition, Thomas Maupin, winner of the National Endowment of the Arts National Heritage Fellowship award and renowned old-time buckdancer, will be performing. Free children’s craft activities will also be available. The event will begin at 10:00 a.m. until noon in the Library and Archives auditorium.

The Library and Archives is located at 403 Seventh Ave. North, directly west of the Tennessee State Capitol in downtown Nashville. Free parking is available around the Library and Archives building. Although the workshop is free and open to the public, registration is required due to seating limitations in the auditorium.

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The Tennessee State Library and Archives is a division of the Office of Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett