Harrisburg ProgramThursday, October 21

Counter(ing) Narratives to the American Story with Ethnographic and Oral History Collections

Thursday, October 21, 3:00 pm–3:45 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Carlisle

This live event will not be recorded.


Chair: Lisa Rathje (Local Learning)

Sasha Antohin (Vermont Folklife Center)
Andy Kolovos (Vermont Folklife Center)

Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) is the Library of Congress premier educational program, focused on helping educators enhance students’ critical thinking and analysis skills and content knowledge using the Library’s collections of millions of digitized primary sources. The TPS Consortium currently includes 160 partner organizations and reaches all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Consortium members share ideas, information, and materials, and in many cases collaborate on the design and delivery of TPS projects.

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education has received a Consortium Partner award from the Teaching with Primary Sources program of the Library of Congress to co-direct a curriculum and professional development project with the Vermont Folklife Center and our partners HistoryMiami Museum, Oklahoma State University Library and the OSU Writing Project, and the American Folklore Society.

We invite AFS members to join this informal discussion that represents a very formative moment for this project. How might a project like this be most meaningful for the field of folklore? What kinds of resources have you found most helpful for teaching with ethnographic and oral history primary source materials? What do you think we would be most smart to focus upon in this new opportunity?

Project Co-PIs Lisa Rathje, Andy Kolovos, and Sasha Antohin will host and facilitate this gathering.