This is wonderful news Peggy! Thanks to you, Ellen, and Richard for this
great work. I look forward to helping in the next phase,
>Greetings to all, Board and Staff:
>I have terrific news. The Smithsonian's Center for Folklife and
>Cultural Studies and the American Folklife Center will be
>collaborating on a major initiative to digitize and preserve our sound
>recordings. The Save America's Treasures Program of the White House
>Milennium Programs has granted us $750,000 to accomplish this joint
>effort. We will be working together to raise the $750,000 in matching
>Richard Kurin and I will be meeting this week and we will be calling
>a planning meeting asap of our two archival staffs to coordinate the
>initial activities and plan for the work to be done.
>I will be in touch soon concerning the role that you can have to
>assist us in raising the matching funds. I have great optimism that
>we will be able to raise much more than our 1-to-1 requirement, for
>this is a very compelling program. Jan Lauridson of the LC
>development office will be working with us, as well as Josh Silver,
>Development Officer of the Smithsonian Folklife Office.
>More later, but I want to close by thanking two people:
>Ellen Lovell, who has been the heart and soul behind this effort and
>has been an advocate for us with enormous results. We are looking
>forward to working with Ellen to put the project into place and we are
>very fortunate to have her input for all of our efforts as a very
>proactive board member!!
>Richard Kurin, who offered to collaboarte in a real and significant
>way with this project. The Smithsonian is the hosting agency and was
>the office that had to submit the grant (LC is not eligible for these
>funds). Richard did a masterful job of taking our ideas and dreams
>and putting them into a cogent and compelling grant application.
>My thanks to both Ellen and Richard and (as Mickey Hart would say) .
>. . . onward and upward!!!!
>Peggy A. Bulger, Director
>American Folklife Center
>Library of Congress
>101 Independence Ave, SE
>Washington, DC 20540-4610
>FAX (202) 707-2076
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Tom Rankin, Executive Director
Associate Professor of the Practice of Art and Documentary Studies
Center for Documentary Studies
1317 W. Pettigrew Street
Durham, NC 27708-0802
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