Betty Belanus was interviewed by Eduardo Contreras on July 6, 1996. Belanus was born in New Jersey in 1955 and is a folklorist at the Center for Folklife Programs and Cultural Studies (CFPCS). Belanus began her association with the Smithsonian in 1986 when she was a presenter for the program on Tennessee at the Festival of American Folklife (FAF). She was then hired full time in May 1987 to begin working on the Massachusetts portion of the 1988 Festival. Belanus continued to work for the CFPCS on contract, curating the Family Farm exhibit at the 1991 FAF, serving as the stage manager for the White House Workers program in 1992, and working with Olivia Cadaval on the Borderlands program at the 1993 FAF. In October 1994, she and Marjorie Hunt were hired under a job share agreement in which each works 20 hours a week. Most recently, Belanus, Hunt, and Emily Botein curated the Working at the Smithsonian exhibit at the 1996 FAF. This interview discusses how Belanus got involved with the Tennessee program of the 1986 FAF, the work she did as she curated the Massachusetts program for the 1988 FAF, how her career progressed, the projects she worked on between 1988 and 1994, her favorite Festival stories, and her accomplishments in connecting the CFPCS with the educational initiative of the Smithsonian and creating several educational outreach kits. The interview also covers the differences between other museums and the Smithsonian, the challenges of her job, and how the Smithsonian and the CFPCS have changed.
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file
Collection ID:
Record Unit 9594
Repository:
Smithsonian Institution Archives
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Creators:
Smithsonian Institution. Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Dates:
June 25-July 5, 1992
Size:
1 Cubic foot (approximate)
Collection ID:
CFCH.SFF.1992
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

The Smithsonian Institution Festival of American Folklife, held annually since 1967 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., was renamed the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in 1998. The materials collected here document the planning, production, and execution of the annual Festival, produced by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage (1999-present) and its predecessor offices (1967-1999). An overview of the entire Festival records group is available here: Smithsonian Folklife Festival records.

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Dates:
2016-2018
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855.72 Gigabytes (96 MP3's; 19 QuickTime Movies, 12.3 GBs of Audio Interviews 843.42 GBs of Video Interviews )
Collection ID:
ACMA.03-119
Repository:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

The oral histories in this collection were conducted as part of the research for an exhibition exploring the history of neighborhood change and civic activism in the nation's capital. Focused on the dynamic histories of six DC neighborhoods—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw and Southwest—the exhibition recounted the story of these communities through the eyes of the Washingtonians who helped shape and reshape the city in extraordinary ways. The exhibit was organized by the Anacostia Community Museum and curated by Samir Meghelli. The audio and video interviews were conducted between 2016-2018.

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Alder, John
Allman, Lillie
Bald Eagle, Lucy
Bird Necklace, Julia
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Dates:
ca. 1893?
Size:
53 Drawings (37 leaves, graphite and colored pencil on construction paper, 20 x 27 cm.)
Collection ID:
NAA.MS168515
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Drawings by children at the Pine Ridge Agency School, most inscribed with the name of the artist. Most if not all subject matter appears to have been copied from published source material and includes animals, plants, home furnishings, warships and pirate vessels.

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Kisan
Dates:
undated
Size:
22 Sheets
Collection ID:
NAA.MS7356
Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

Includes: 1. Court officials in military dress; 2. Korean dancing boy; 3. Hunters on snow shoes; 4. Kite flying; 5. Rope walking; 6. Top spinning; 7. Spade shoveling; 8. See-saw; 9. Swinging; 10. Kicked shuttlecock; 11. Boys playing blind man's bluff; 12. Girls playing blind man's bluff; 13. Girls playing jacks with coins; 14. Bowmaker and archer; ...

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undated
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item
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0408
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Continuation of Pearl Williams-Jones. Barbara Hampton is an ethnomusicologist at Hunter College in New York, specializing in African and African-American music. She discusses institutional resistance to the history of black arts. John Gwaltney is a professor of anthropology at the University of Syracuse. He is a cultural anthropologist in Black...

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Dates:
1989 January 14
Level:
file
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0408
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

The Program in Black American Culture and Saturday After Noon presented another program on African American Culture's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. commemoration in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, on Saturday, January 14, 1989. The Civil Rights Movement: Stirring the Soul of America / An Aft...

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2003 January 18
Level:
file
Collection ID:
NMAH.AC.0408
Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History

Annual commemoration of the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Program in African American Culture, in conjunction with the Department of Education and Public Programs, held program on Saturday, January 18, 2003, in the Carmichael Auditorium, National Museum of American History, Behring Center, Smithsonian Institution. The program included a ...

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Dates:
2016 June 2
Level:
file
Size:
4 Video recordings (born digital)
Collection ID:
CFCH.TNP
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

He also discusses the yak-hair tent and changes in lifestyle. Filmed in Khé mar winter camp, Zokpa Village, Gangtsa Township, Zhün ha County.

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Dates:
2016 July 22
Level:
file
Size:
6 Video recordings (born digital)
Collection ID:
CFCH.TNP
Repository:
Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections

She converses with Yangtai about how cooking has changed since they have had electricity in the house. She also talks about the metal stoves made in Songpan that are common place in Shkuz households today. Filmed in Shkuz village (石古子村), Luoduo (洛多乡) Township, Heishui County (黑水县), Ngaba Qiang-Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (阿坝羌族藏自治州), Sichuan Pro...