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Back to the Future

by Cory Marie Podielski on July 28, 2016

in Featured Classes, From the Archives

At the Folk School, we often find inspiration from the past, giving us a vision for the present and the future. Since 1925, we’ve been engaging hearts and hands as we nurture our students’ creativity. To celebrate the crafts that have helped to shape the Folk School tradition for nine decades, we’ve pulled some photos […]

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Our May 31st Gala & Benefit Auction, last Saturday 11, 2016, was a success! We are still waiting on the official grand total, but we are happy that all proceeds raised will help improve the school’s sixteen on-campus studios and further our mission. We thank the artists who donated fine work, our many dedicated volunteers, […]

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Olive Dame was born the daughter of a middle class New England family of Mayflower descent. Her father was a talented botany teacher and school principal. A gifted mother taught her early the love of art and music. She enjoyed an active, rich youth that developed an inquiring mind and strong, determined will. These attributes […]

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Remembering Jean Ritchie

by David Brose, Folklorist on June 9, 2015

in Folk School Folks, From the Archives, In the News, Music & Dance

Jean Ritchie (February 1922-June 1, 2015) was an icon of Appalachian folk music. The youngest of fourteen children, Jean grew up in Viper, Kentucky hearing songs throughout the day as her parents and siblings sang while working with crops, cleaning the house, walking to places in the community and while at leisure. Jean was the […]

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Part III:  Folk School Staff with American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) Connections In researching Part II to learn more about the AFSC people and their work camp life, I discovered other unexpected AFSC connections to the Folk School.  Primarily, two of our well known and long serving staff members came to work at the school […]

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