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The Twentieth Festival

This year marks the 20th annual Festival of American Folklife, and as importantly, the 1Oth anniversary of the American Folklife Center in the Library of Congress. The Center, on whose board I am pleased to sit as an ex-officio member, is important because that birthday passed should presage its continued health and permanent collegial presence. The Smithsonian has collaborated with the Center on several folklife matters, among them the Federal Cylinder Project, which preserved and is currently making available to Indian communities the earliest sound recordings of American Indian music. Congratulations to the American Folklife Center and ...

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