Kentucky Folklife Archives on the Way to WKU

Aug 17, 2012

The Kentucky Folklife Program is moving to Western Kentucky University's Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology. The program's director will be Brent Bjorkman, who completed graduate work in folk studies at Western in 1998 and worked with the Kentucky Folklife Program in Frankfort and as associate director of the American Folklore Society.

He is returning to Kentucky from Vermont, where he has been executive director of the Vermont Folklife Center.

Western says the Kentucky Historical Society and the Kentucky Arts Council will continue as partners with the folklife program. The program's archives will join the university's Folklife Archives housed at the Kentucky Building in Bowling Green.

The program's previous director, Bob Gates, recently retired. Western says he was honored last year for his work building the Kentucky Folklife Program.