Collection Highlights

A man is baptisted in a river as onlookers watch.

This exhibit provides a virtual tour of selected materials from the South Georgia Folklife Collection, housed at the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections. The collection is an outgrowth of the South Georgia Folklife Project (1996-2006), a public folklore program for the southern third of Georgia which documented and presented the traditional arts and culture of the region. The multi-media “Collections Highlights” tour is organized by the major series or themes of the collection: South Georgia Folklife Overview, a sampler of photos and public programs from the South Georgia Folklife Project, Sacred Harp, with radio programs and an exhibit about the singing traditions of Southeast Georgia centered around Hoboken, Turpentine oral interviews and a website with information on work in the woods and life in the turpentine camps told as told by those who lived it), Suckerfish (excerpts from the program book of the second annual Flint River Suckerfish Festival in Bainbridge (2001), Okefenokee (highlights from the Okefenokee Music Survey and various radio programs), Folkwriting (lessons on place, heritage and tradition for the Georgia classroom), Sounds of South Georgia, a radio series about the traditions of diverse cultural groups in South Georgia, Wiregrass (radio programs and the Folklife of Wiregrass Georgia exhibit), Last Harvest (photos of seasonal and agricultural workers exhibit based on materials from Echols County, Georgia and Apopka, Florida), and Student Projects (selections from courses taught by project folklorist and ethnomusicologist Laurie Kay Sommers).