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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1624
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Lakefront Legacy Folklife Project records, 1992.
Amount: 1.50 cubic ft.
Medium Included: audiotapes cassettes
photo slides
Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by folklife collector, then alphabetical by record type.
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Biographical/Historical:     Legislation in 1979 (79-322, SB 1208) transferred the Florida Folk Arts component of the Stephen Foster Memorial to the Florida Department of State. Operating as the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs from ca. 1985 until 1995, the Bureau coordinated the annual Florida Folk Festival and directed such programs as Folk Arts Apprenticeships, Folk Arts in Education, Folk Heritage awards, annual research surveys, and numerous other projects and programs. From 1995 through June 30, 2021, the renamed and reorganized Florida Folklife Program continued the majority of these operations from within the Division of Historical Resources, Bureau of Historic Preservation in Tallahassee. During the 1995 reorganization, the State Archives of Florida acquired the Florida Folklife Collection from the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs’ previously maintained Florida Folklife Archives. Legislation in 2021 (2021-71, L. O. F., HB 909) transferred the Florida Folklife Program and its operations from the Division of Historical Resources to the newly renamed Division of Arts and Culture, previously the Division of Cultural Resources, effective July 1, 2021. The program is charged to "identify, research, interpret, and present Florida folk arts, artists, performers, folklore, traditions, customs, and cultural heritage and make folk cultural resources and folklife projects available throughout the state."

    The Lakefront Legacy Folklife Festival was held May 16, 1992, in Belle Glade, Florida, to celebrate the heritage of Lake Okeechobee and its communities. It was funded by the Florida Humanities Council and Palm Beach Community College. The festival featured folk artists, musicians, dancers, and storytellers from the Lake Okeechobee area, as well as ethnic food, and Florida authors. The Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs provided folklorists and other cultural specialists to the festival planners in order to conduct a folk cultural survey of the Lake Okeechobee region. Bureau staff, Debbie Fant, Bob Stone, and Robert Shanafelt conducted ethnographic fieldwork, visiting and documenting folk artists and other potential sources for the festival. The fieldworkers' notes, reports, tapes, and photographs were presented to the festival director with recommendations for festival participants.

Summary:     This series consists of records created by staff of the Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs during the course of their folklife survey of the Lake Okeechobee region in preparation for the Lakefront Legacy Folklife Festival. The records include audio tapes, slides, and photographs of folk artists, musicians, dancers, and storytellers. Also included are informant information sheets, fieldnotes, background information on the Lake Okeechobee area, and other administrative records of the Bureau.

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Subject Access Fields: Folk festivals Florida
Folklorists Florida
Folk artists Florida
Folk music Florida
Folk music groups Florida
Machine-readable artifacts. aat
Photographs. aat
Slides. aat
Audio cassettes. aat
Okeechobee, Lake (Fla.)
Belle Glade (Fla.)
Lakefront Legacy Folklife Festival Belle Glade, Fla.) (1992 :
Added Entries Fant, Deborah S.
Stone, Robert L.
Shanafelt, Robert
Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs