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Throughout the year, the Center sponsors workshops, lectures, exhibits, concerts, and conferences (on its own and in cooperation with other Library of Congress offices and outside agencies) in order to educate the American people about the importance of their own cultural traditions and the traditions of others. All events are free and do not require tickests unless otherwise noted.

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Homegrown poster for 2012 seasonPerformances - 2012 Homegrown Concert Series
Coolidge Auditorium, Ground Floor, Thomas Jefferson Building

Online Archive of Homegrown Concerts (2005-2011) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts (as available).

Lectures - 2012 Benjamin A. Botkin Folklife Lecture Series
Pickford Auditorium, Third Floor, James Madison Building unless otherwise noted.

November 16: I Feel So Good: The Life and Times of Big Bill Broonzy, a book talk by Bob Riesman.

Online Archive of Botkin Lectures (2004 - 2012) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts (as available).

Symposia - 2013

Sept. 26-27, 2013: Cultural Heritage Archives: Networks, Innovation & Collaboration, a symposium addressing ethnographic archival thought and practice.

Online Archive of Symposia (2000 - 2012) - View descriptions, flyer essays, and webcasts (as available)


The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is pleased to announce that "The Mickey Hart Collection" is now available.
"The Mickey Hart Collection" is a twenty-five-album series from the Grateful Dead drummer and world-music expert, who served on the AFC Board of Trustees for many years, and the non-profit label Smithsonian Folkways. "The Mickey Hart Collection" is drawn from "The World," a series Hart curated, which incorporates his solo projects, other artists’ productions, and re-releases of out-of-print titles. Six of the 25 albums form the "Endangered Music Project," a collaboration between Mickey Hart and the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, which presents recordings from musical traditions at risk. For more information, read the press release.

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