Press contact: Craig D'Ooge (202) 707-9189
Public contact: (202) 707-5510

November 1, 2001

Public Service Announcement

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THE AMERICAN FOLKLIFE CENTER WILL PRESENT TWO DAYS OF FREE PUBLIC PROGRAMS ON AMERICAN FOLKLIFE ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 15 AND 16. THE ALL-DAY PROGRAMS BEGIN EACH DAY AT 9:30 A.M. AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS JEFFERSON BUILDING.

THE TWO-DAY CELEBRATION WILL FEATURE FREE CONCERTS, PERFORMANCES, INTERVIEWS, AND PANEL DISCUSSIONS. PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE AUTHOR AND TELEVISION PERSONALITY ROGER WELSCH, MUSICIANS PETE, PEGGY, AND MIKE SEEGER, ACTORS FLOYD KING, ED GERO AND CATHERINE WEIDNER OF THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE, AUTHOR AND PERFORMER STEPHEN WADE, AND THE UNITED HOUSE OF PRAYER BRASS BAND.

A FREE CONCERT OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC BY "CHERISH THE LADIES" WILL BE OFFERED AT 8 P.M. ON THE EVENING OF THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15.

THE EVENT CELEBRATES THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN A. BOTKIN, WHO WAS THE HEAD OF THE ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN FOLKSONG AT THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS FROM 1942 TO 1945.

THE CELEBRATION WILL EXPLORE BOTKIN'S GROUNDBREAKING WORK IN AREAS LIKE THE FEDERAL WRITERS' PROJECT, URBAN FOLKLORE, OCCUPATIONAL FOLKLORE, AND THE LOCAL D.C. FOLK MUSIC SCENE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CALL (202) 707-5510 OR CHECK OUT THE WEB SITE AT WWW.LOC.GOV/FOLKLIFE.

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PR 01-165
11/01/01
ISSN 0731-3527

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