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CFCH at the Heart of America


With new leadership in this moment of transition and possibility, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage at the SmithsonianRead More

September 10, 2013   1 Comment

Why Language Matters


  International participants of the One World, Many Voices program discuss their experiences with federal, state, and community language policies.Read More

August 15, 2013   2 Comments

Kenya Prepares for 2014 Smithsonian Spotlight


The last vestiges of the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival have been removed from the Mall, but the long-term planning requiredRead More

August 15, 2013   6 Comments

Eugene Allen and First Lady Nancy Reagan


White House butler and maître d’ Eugene Allen served eight US presidents. In 1986, he told First Lady Nancy Reagan that itRead More

August 12, 2013   1 Comment

Eugene Allen and President Carter


White House workers often become very close to presidential families. Eugene Allen served as maître d’ for eight presidents fromRead More

August 12, 2013   No Comments

Eugene Allen, White House Maître D’ and the Man Who Inspired The Butler


On August 16, 2013, theaters will premiere Lee Daniels’ The Butler, a historical drama that follows the experience of anRead More

August 12, 2013   No Comments

Master Craftsman Levente Lehel Sütő


Artisan Levente Lehel Sütő’s family has been making traditional furniture since the end of the 16th century. At the 2013Read More

August 8, 2013   1 Comment

Dorothy Height and Mary McLeod Bethune Remembered


The Will To Adorn program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival explored the identity and culture of African Americans throughRead More

August 7, 2013   No Comments

Voguing at the Ball


Earle Bannister, a Baltimore tailor, talks to presenter Althea Grey-McKenzie about the history of voguing, a dance style that originatedRead More

August 2, 2013   No Comments

What Did You Dream? Wayuu Dream Interpretation


What’s in a greeting? Instead of wishing their neighbors good morning, the Wayuu people of Colombia and Venezuela ask eachRead More

July 29, 2013   1 Comment