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Record Group Number: 000158
Series/Collection Number: .S 1656
Creator: Bureau of Florida Folklife Programs. Florida Folklife Archive
Title, Dates: Rural Folklife Days records, 1989-2002.
Amount: 2.00 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Chronological by date, then alphabetical by subject.
Restrictions: ***RESTRICTED***: Social Security numbers present in Box 6 are exempt from public disclosure per F. S. 119.071(5).
Terms Governing Use: Archives staff will review records prior to providing them to researchers and will provide researchers with redacted copies of any records containing Social Security numbers, birth records or other confidential/exempt information.
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 Rural Folklife Days event was held at the Stephen Foster State Folk Cultural Center during the month of November. The purpose of the event was to give the public an opportunity to see and talk with people who grew up practicing the rural folk arts that contributed to the regional character of north Florida. Rural Folklife Days activities included cane grinding and syrup making, quilt making, canning, lye soap making, blacksmithing, and whip making.

Summary:     This series contains records from the Bureau of Folklife Programs organized Rural Folklife Days from 1990 through 2000, including correspondence, contracts, information for flyers, site assistance packets, teachers guides, informant sheets on folk artists participating in the Rural Folklife Days and more. Also included are slides, photographs, contact sheets, and negatives taken during several of the Rural Folklife Days events.

          Also included in this series are materials from the Panhandle Folklife Days and Big Bend Folklife Days, Folklife Days events coordinated through the Florida Folklife Program, hosted at the Panhandle Pioneer Settlement and the Tallahassee Museum of History and Natural Science respectively.
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Subject Access Fields: Sugarcane
Whips Florida
Wheelwrights Florida
Blacksmithing Florida
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