FOLKLIFE AND MUSEUMS
Edited by Patricia Hall and Charlie Seemann
Foreword by Alan Jabbour
AASLH Press, 1987
Paperbound / 216 pages. / 6" x 9"
B&W photos / Illustrations / Bibliography / Index
Audience: Museum professionals / Professors / Undergraduate & graduate students
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This is the first book to explore the growing relationship between folklife and museums, tracing the use of folklore in museums from the 1950s. Today many museums include folk cultural materials in their exhibits and programs, implemented by trained folklorists.
In its nearly 20 essays, Folklife and Museums examines the collaborative efforts among folklorists, historians, and museologists, and explores the application of folklife in the areas of museum collections, research, exhibits, educational programs, and special events. The chapters also cover special topics, such as ethnic materials and the role of a folklorist as a museum staff member.
The contributors to Folklife and Museums are some of the best-known scholars and practitioners, representing both the academic and public sectors in the fields of folklife studies, museology, history, anthropology, and art history. Contributors include Louis C. Jones, Candace T. Matelic, Robert Baron, Howard Wight Marshall, Willard B. Moore, Charlie Seemann, Jo Farb Hernandez, Patricia Hall, James Deetz, M. Jane Young, John Michael Vlach, Edward L. Hawes, Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett, Yvonne Lange, and Jay Anderson.