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Gary Horton and Tommy Horton

Gary Horton learned traditional logsmithing and historic home restoration from the late Don Chapman, widely considered the trade’s greatest master in Southwest Virginia. During his lifetime, Don disassembled, restored, and …

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Evelyn Lahman and Dr. T. Michael Gilley

Sadly, Evelyn Lahman passed away on June 13, 2017, shortly after receiving her apprenticeship. A craft originally born of necessity, the fiber arts continue to thrive throughout southern Appalachia. In …

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Virginia Folklife Program Announces Apprenticeship Class of 2017–2018

The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (VFH) announces the 2017-2018 class of Master Artists in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program. Master Artists are selected through a …

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Remembering Nan Perdue

Nancy Martin-Perdue, a former scholar-in-residence at the University of Virginia, died Feb. 14. She devoted much of her adult life supporting and researching folklore in its many forms with her husband Charles L. Perdue.

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What makes the Richmond Folk Festival so special? Spoiler: It’s YOU

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Tasty Licks: Virginia’s food traditions at the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival

The Virginia Folklife Program at the 2016 Richmond Folk Festival will present “Tasty Licks: Virginia’s food traditions.” This free festival takes place October 7 through 9 in downtown Richmond along …

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Photos from the Apprenticeship Showcase 2016

Photographic highlights from the 2016 Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Showcase at James Monroe’s Highland.

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2016 Apprenticeship Showcase Schedule Announced

The Virginia Folklife Program at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities announces the schedule for the 2016 Apprenticeship Showcase on Sunday, May 15 from 12:00 to 5:00pm at James Monroe’s …

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Folklife Apprenticeship Exhibition on display at Showcase

Documenting the shared work of the master and apprentice is an integral part of the Apprenticeship Program. For the past five years, Pat Jarrett, the digital media specialist for the …

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Ellen and Eugene Ratcliffe and Hannah Johnson

The square dance is the “official dance” of Virginia, as it is in a majority of states throughout the country. First introduced by European settlers, the square dance developed over …

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David and Mason Via

While many songs in folk music are credited as “traditional” or “public domain,” there is simply no song without a songwriter. Virginia has had more than its share of prolific …

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Humayun Khan and Ved Sheth

Indian classical music has evolved over the centuries, and its many diverse forms reflect the great diversity of the subcontinent of India. Hindustani classical music is traditionally practice-oriented, and learned …