TENNESSEE STATE PARKS FOLKLIFE PROJECT RECORDS, 1979-1984

The Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project began in 1979 under the direction of Park Ranger Bobby Fulcher, and continued until 1983. Each summer during those years, three folklorists were stationed in Tennessee's state parks. From those bases, they conducted interviews, took photographs, and recorded music with local tradition-bearers. The Tennessee State Parks Folklife Project produced more than 500 hours of audio tape, 9600 slides, and 2200 black and white negatives, including duplicates of scores of historic photographs which had been cached for years by their owners. The folklorists presented forty-one programs, inviting local people as program leaders. Exhibits of folk art and old photographs of park and local history were displayed in the park inns and interpretive centers.