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    Four women and three men celebrate with a toast. Drawing by Lily Spandorf, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

    Four women and three men celebrate with a toast. Drawing by Lily Spandorf, Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives

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    Lily Spandorf's Festival Scenes – We Need Your Help to Identify!

    We are excited to announce the digitization of a collection of drawings by artist Lily Spandorf, who documented scenes from the Folklife Festival for more than thirty years. From the very first Festival in 1967, she brought her cart full of materials and supplies to the National Mall and sketched Festival scenes, documenting people, performances, and more. Her work is currently featured at the George Washington University Museum in Washington, D.C.

    We need your help to identify scenes, people, and programs featured in the drawings! Please take a look at the collection in the new Smithsonian Online Virtual Archives, and if you recognize any of the people, Festival programs, objects, or years, please send that information to RinzlerArchives@si.edu. Your knowledge will help us more accurately and completely caption these images!

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