Mess-free pumpkin carving? Who knew? Technology teacher Kevin Jarrett, of Northfield Community School in Northfield, New Jersey, pointed us to this fun-to-do and fun-to-see pumpkin-carving interactive just in time for the spookiest night of the year. Thanks, Kevin!
Over the years, the Smithsonian folklorists have developed guidelines for collecting folklife and oral history from people in the community, families, friends, and veterans in order to preserve living history. They have called these people bearers of tradition. Details of the day-to-day life of men and women in all walks of life take on a new meaning when preserved in the context of the overall study of the culture and history of mankind.
Through the thoughtful guidance of the interviewer, memories and stories make commonplace as well as world-shaping historical events vivid and authentic. The interviewing guide provides possible questions such as: what are some of your childhood memories, what special food traditions does your family have, and what family heirlooms do you possess.
Once the interviews are held, the Smithsonian suggests many project ideas in order to showcase the findings. Fill scrapbooks, compose songs or put together heritage boxes for display.