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Florida Department of State
Kurt S. Browning
Secretary of State

For Immediate Release
May 13, 2011

Chris Cate

Secretary Browning Announces Florida Folklife Selections to be featured in Library of Congress’ “National Sampler”

Florida is fourth state featured in the National Sampler Project

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Secretary of State Kurt Browning today announced that the Library of Congress’ National Sampler Project will feature recordings and images from the Florida Folklife Program. The sampler project is part of the Library of Congress’ and the American Folklife Center’s effort to present an online selection of archival holdings from each American state and territory.

"The Florida Department of State is proud that the Florida Folklife Program is being represented in this national project," said Secretary Browning. "The musicians, authors, veterans, poets, singers and storytellers memorialized in this collection are a great representation of Florida’s heritage and the variety of talent and performers we have in our state."

Florida’s inclusion in the sampler program follows Rhode Island, Illinois and California. The newly released National Sampler: Selections from Florida Collections features audio and video performances and interviews.  Among those documented are renowned Florida folklorists Zora Neale Hurston and Stetson Kennedy, inmates from a Raiford Penitentiary chain gang, Cuban and Bahamian folk musicians, crewmembers from the Ball Steamship Company, Seminole tribesmen, a Vietnam War veteran submariner and guides from Florida’s traditional glass-bottomed boat tours.  Many of the interviews were conducted by folklorist pioneers John A. and Alan Lomax, a father-and-son duo.  Other interviews were compiled at White Springs by the Florida Folklife Bureau, part of the Division of Environmental Protection’s Florida State Parks Services until 1995.

About the Florida Folklife Program

The Florida Folklife Program, a component of the Florida Department of State's Division of Historical Resources, documents and presents Florida’s folklife, folklore, and folk arts. The program coordinates a wide range of activities and projects designed to increase the awareness of Floridians and visitors alike about Florida’s traditional culture. For more information about Florida folklife, visit http://www.flheritage.com/preservation/folklife/.

About the Library of Congress’ Collection

The Library of Congress is an unparalleled world resource. The collection of more than 147 million items includes more than 33 million cataloged books and other print materials in 470 languages; more than 63 million manuscripts; the largest rare book collection in North America; and the world's largest collection of legal materials, films, maps, sheet music and sound recordings.

The Florida Sampler Collection is available, free of charge, at the Library of Congress’ website, http://www.loc.gov/folklife/sampler/FLsampler.html.

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