Folk Studies and Anthropology/Kentucky Folklife Program

Folk Studies and Anthropology/Kentucky Folklife Program

Educate students about folklore and anthropology through experiential learning. The Kentucky Folklife Program is committed to identifying, documenting, and conserving the diverse traditional culture and heritage of the Commonwealth.

Goals & Objectives

Produce students who are trained to work in cultural resource management, historic preservation, archaeology, and public folklore. Collaborate with local and statewide agencies to document the cultural heritage of the region.

Capabilities & Services

Provide expertise in documenting historic buildings and archaeological sites, create public presentations focused on folk heritage, work with local museums to develop programming and exhibits.


We have recent or current grant funding from National Endowment for the Arts, National Park Service, Kentucky Historic Society, Kentucky Oral History Commission, Library of Congress.


Dr. Darlene Applegate, archaeology
Dr. Michael Ann Williams, historic preservation/museum work
Mr. Brent Bjorkman, public folklore, museum work
Dr. Tim Evans, public folklore
Dr. Erika Brady, roots music, traditional medicine
Dr. Ashley Stinnett, video production
Dr. Kate Hudepohl, cultural documentation, cemetery documentation
Dr. Jean-Luc Houle, archaeology
Ms. Virginia Siegel, public folklore, historic preservation


For Students 

Opportunities exist for grant funded and volunteer work in archaeology, historic preservation, and public folklore.

For Faculty

We are interested in collaborating with faculty in other departments that focus on heritage conservation and documenting local culture.

For the Community

Local organizations are encouraged to contact the department or Kentucky Folklife Program to ask for help or seek collaborations on projects.

• Archaeological research at Green River Biological Preserve; restoration of early 19th century brick dwelling on the preserve
• Grants from National Park Service to document history and local culture of Mammoth Cave region and Abraham Lincoln Birthplace
• Grants to document rangerlore at Mammoth Cave
• Development of exhibit to document local white oak basket tradition

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Ethnographic and curatorial grants from National Park Service exhibit of white oak basket tradition restoration of Gardner House at the Green River Biological Preserve grants from National Endowment for the Arts.

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