Beverly Patterson has served as a folklife specialist in the Folklife Office of the North Carolina Arts Council. Her dissertation, \"The Sound of the Dove,\" will include extensive field research she conducted in NC communities in the area of folk music.
The North Carolina Folk Heritage Award honors the state's finest traditional artists and supports their work as contributions to cultural heritage. The ceremonies will be at Stewart Theater on N.C.S.U's campus, and will be hosted by NC writer Lee Smith.
The North Carolina Folklore Society honored Dan Patterson at its annual meeting on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Patterson, a member of the university's Curriculum in Folklore, has made significant contributions to the study of Southern folklore.
An exhibit entitled \"The Spirit of Community: Folklife in North Carolina\" has opened in a permanent gallery at the North Carolina Museum of History. Using multi-media displays, the exhibit documents and illustrates the themes of regional folklife.
Louise Anderson, a nationally known African-American storyteller and a1993 winner of the N.C. Folk Heritage Award, died August 25, 1994. Anderson was also selected for the N.C. Arts Council's Artist-in-the-Schools and Visiting Artist programs.
Willard Watson of Deep Gap in Watauga County, a world-renowned maker of wooden folk toys, died September 26, 1994. Watson, whose works are in the Smithsonian Institution, was also an accomplished storyteller and dancer.
George Holt, director of the folklore programs in the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources for 17 years, has stepped down. During his tenure, Holt produced films, festivals, and publications that documented the state's diverse cultural traditions.
The new Rosenzweig Museum in Durham houses Jewish folk art, artifacts, and rare books. The dream of the late Rabbi Efraim and Mariam Rosenzweig, who donated over 60 pieces, the museum displays over 125 items and contains more in storage.
Martha Nelson, folklorist at Hiddenite Center in Alexander County, coordinates folk art activities and does fieldwork like collecting life histories of textile workers and \"hoboin\" stories from the 1920s.
The North Carolina Museum of History officially welcomed James C. McNutt as the museum's new administrator on February 15, 1995. Prior to this appointment, he worked twelve years at the University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures.
The 1996 North Carolina Folk Heritage Awards, honoring the state's finest traditional artists, have been presented to Robert Bushyhead, Verlen Clifton and Paul Sutphin, Nell Cole Graves, Elizabeth Jacobs, Dock Rmah, and Earl Scruggs.