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Considerable Grace Traditional Music Series

For over twenty years, the Folklife Resource Center has initiated fieldwork to document the countless musical traditions of the region. Designed as an ongoing documentation project, the series combines archival recordings with new field recordings...

Crossroads of Clay

Crossroads of Clay documents the development of the alkaline-glazed stoneware tradition which is indigenous to the American South. The tradition, which appeared early in the nineteenth century in the Edgefield District of South Carolina, spread techniques and styles throughout the lower South with the migration of potters...

Folklife Documentary Video Program

Over the last ten years, the Folklife Resource Center has been actively involved in documenting folk culture through video. An ongoing program, projects include documentaries on one-pot cooking traditions, environmental history, and traditional music...

Folklife Writer's Forum

Throughout South Carolina, on any given day, there are folk artists and folklife specialists creating and documenting traditions. The Folklife Writer's Forum provides an outlet for researchers to electronically publish original research, fieldnotes, and observations...

Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Program

The South Carolina Folk Heritage Award was created in 1987 by the South Carolina General Assembly to recognize and honor lifetime achievement in folk arts, music, and advocacy. In 1997 the name was changed to the Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award in memory of state representative Harris's long-time support of South Carolina's cultural heritage...

Row Upon Row: Sea Grass Baskets of the South Carolina Lowcountry

Fieldwork project that documented contemporary sweetgrass basketmakers in the South Carolina lowcountry. Research resulted in an exhibit and publication that continues to serve as the definitive history of sweetgrass basketry in South Carolina...

Rural Arts Initiative

The Rural Arts Initiative was a collaborative program of the South Carolina Arts Commission and McKissick Museum designed to provide a community with a consulting folklorist to promote the study and documentation of that area and its people. Interviews were conducted in Charleston, Georgetown, and Williamsburg counties...

Rural Humanities Project

Between 1987 and 1990, the folklife traditions of the counties of Oconee, Anderson, Pickens, Abbeville, Greenwood, McCormick, Colleton, Hampton, Jasper, Chesterfield and Marlboro were surveyed. Collection includes extensive fieldnotes, audio, color and black and white photography...

Stout Hearts: Traditional Oak Basketmakers of the South Carolina Upcountry

The Stout Hearts project investigated the traditional and contemporary practices of split-oak basketmakers in the South Carolina Piedmont and Blue Ridge...

Survey of South Carolina Tradition Bearers

The Survey of South Carolina’s Tradition Bearers is a documentation project of traditional artists in all forty-six counties of the Palmetto State. The survey provides a contemporary perspective on the wealth of traditional arts in South Carolina, and the living traditions they practice. It is a snapshot that seeks to present, celebrate, and educate about the richness of folklife in our state.

Talking with the Turners

In 1981, University of South Carolina professor Charles Mack traveled the South to document traditional pottery. Mack collected over two hundred pieces of pottery, took hundreds of photographs, and recorded over twenty hours of interviews with more than forty potters...

 

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