A version of Emily's radio story on Charleston Broom & Mop Co's James Shaffer, the last commercial broom maker in West Virginia, airs on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Listen here.
The American Folklife Center’s Henry Reed Fund was established in 2004 in honor of old-time fiddler Henry Reed with an initial gift from founding AFC director and fiddler Alan Jabbour. The fund provides small awards to support activities directly involving folk artists, especially when the activities reflect, draw upon, or strengthen the archival collections of the AFC. This year, Henry Reed Funds were awarded to two projects:
Emily Hilliard, State Folklorist at the West Virginia Humanities Council, was awarded funds for “West Virginia Folklife Presents Ballad Singer Phyllis Marks,” a public programming and documentation project highlighting the career and contributions of the respected octogenarian West Virginia traditional ballad singer Phyllis Marks.
This week, Rick and Laurie are speaking with state folklorist Emily Hilliard from the West Virginia Humanities Council.
They discuss the definition of folklore, the importance and process of collecting it, and the benefits it can provide to the state.
Listen via West Virginia Public Broadcasting
"A new folklorist soon will begin cataloging traditions and customs from around the Mountain State.
The West Virginia Humanities Council recently hired Emily Hilliard, a folklorist and former marketing coordinator for the Smithsonian Institution’s record label, to conduct a statewide survey of folk activity. She’ll also preserve and promote community-based traditions in the Mountain State."
Read the full story in the Charleston Gazette Mail.