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Shape-note singings, fiddlers’ conventions, decoration days, footwashings, chicken stew suppers – these are all important to the lives of most Alabamians and examples of Alabama folk culture. Join us on Thursday, April 19, at 12 noon for the next Architreats: Food for Thought program at the Alabama Department of Archives and History when Joyce Cauthen presents “Alabama Traditions: An Overview of Alabama Folk Culture.” Alabama abounds in such traditions and in this lecture, Joyce Cauthen will talk about tradition-bearers who have carried on the customs of making pottery, quilts, baskets and other useful objects, and will point out other traditions which have been documented and those that still need attention.
Joyce Cauthen is the executive director of the Alabama Folklife Association, a statewide organization that sponsors research, promotion and preservation of Alabama’s folk culture. She is the author of With Fiddle and Well-Rosined Bow: Old-Time Fiddling in Alabama (University of Alabama Press, 1989) and has served as the producer of numerous recordings of traditional music of Alabama, including Possum Up a Gum Stump: Home, Commercial, and Field Recordings of Alabama Fiddlers. She served as editor of Benjamin Lloyd’s Hymnbook: A Primitive Baptist Song Tradition and produced an accompanying CD. Her latest project was a CD and booklet entitled Bullfrog Jumped which features recordings made across Alabama of children’s folksongs and games in 1947. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and has a master’s degree in English from Purdue University.
This presentation is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 353-4712.
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Updated: March 26, 2007
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435