Spend a day at the world's largest library with special emphasis on the American Folklife Center collection, guided by AFC librarians Jennifer Cutting and Stephen Winick, distinguished folklorists who have served on the board of FSGW.
This field trip, for FSGW members only, will include a private tour of the glorious Beaux-Arts 1897 Thomas Jefferson Building; a presentation on the treasures of the American Folklife Center archive, including songs and music by Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Pete Seeger, Zora Neale Hurston, Muddy Waters, Jean Ritchie, and many others; a research orientation to the American Folklife Center's Folklife Reading Room; your own Library of Congress Reader ID, which entitles you to become a researcher in all of the Library's 21 Reading Rooms; lunch (buy your own) at the Library's excellent cafeteria on the sixth floor of the Madison Building; personal research time in the Folklife Reading Room or the Library of Congress reading room of your choice; and a lunchtime concert by Beausoleil. And maybe, just maybe, you'll get to play Burl Ives's guitar!
Please bring an actual question you want to research using the collections of the Library of Congress. The staff of the American Folklife Center is reaching out to FSGW to build new user communities, in the hope that participants will return to do actual research of some kind - whether in the AFC or elsewhere in the Library's vast and historic collections.
Limited to the first 20 FSGW members who register at or after noon Monday, June 5. To register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with all of the following information, without which your registration will not be counted as complete: full name as shown on the government-issued photo ID you will use to obtain your Reader ID; your address, phone number and e-mail address; and the number and issuing state/country of your ID.
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