American Folklife Center Editor James Hardin (left) and Clarke Allen of the Library's Publishing Office examine a new display, "American Folklife: A Commonwealth of Cultures," available from SIRS of Boca Raton, Fla. Sixteen panels lead the viewer from a definition of folklife, through a depiction of the various groups that make up American society -- including family, occupational, recreational and ethnic -- to an understanding of the way American folk culture shapes our lives.
The display is the second in the "Library of Congress Corner" series, coproduced by the Library of Congress Publishing Office and Social Issues Resources Series Inc. (SIRS). The series is intended for high school, college and public libraries and for other cultural institutions and organizations. The "Library of Congress Corner" for 1993 also includes "Thomas Jefferson's Legacy"; "An Ongoing Voyage" (on the events preceding and following Christopher Columbus's 1492 voyage); and "The American Cowboy," based on a 1983 Library of Congress exhibit sponsored by the American Folklife Center.
Subscribers to the series receive four Library of Congress displays a year, delivered quarterly. Each display includes a supply of 250 pamphlets for distribution. Annual subscription for four displays is $600 (including shipping). The price for the display stand is $800, FOB, Boca Raton, Fla. Additional pamphlets are $60 per thousand.
Interested persons should write: SIRS, P.O. Box 2348, Boca Raton, FL 33427-2348; or call toll free (800) 232-SIRS.