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Retired doormen, butlers, seamstresses, cooks, and plumbers tell their stories at the 1992 Smithsonian Folklife Festival as part of the two-hundredth anniversary of the White House. The Humanities Council funded an exhibition on the topic in 1993.

A Singing Stream - A Black Family Chronicle.mpg_snapshot_00.29.04_[2015.04.06_10.43.33].jpg
A 1986 documentary examining the impact and focus gospel music has given to one family from the South. "A Singing Stream" explores the family tradition of gospel music by following the lives of Bertha Landis and her family members. The Landis…

Musical traditions and recollections of eight retired African-American railroad track laborers whose occupational folk songs were once heard on railroads that crisscross the South. They recount experiences in the segregated South, describe organized…

This footage from a Humanities Salon program features folklorist and fiddler Alan Jabbour discussing his globetrotting adventures recording fiddle music from traditional practitioners of the art. Jabbour's primary focus is Appalachia and the old…
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