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Stewart Stevens found his calling washing windows at the White House for every president from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush.
Much about the life of the first U.S. president seems prone to legend.
Art & Design, Work Life
In an office full of folklorists, picking a valentine is work-related.
Mischief Night, Devil's Night, or Cabbage Night—whatever you call the American regional folk tradition, better keep your pumpkins safe.
Religion & Spirituality, Traditional Knowledge
“Solar eclipse” is an anagram for “rise collapse,” but it’s not necessarily the end of the world.
Storytelling, Traditional Knowledge
According to Inuit myths, the narwhal was once a woman with long hair that she had twisted and plaited to resemble a tusk.
It might work like this: one man is attracted to another but isn’t sure if the feeling is mutual. To test the waters, he’ll ask, “Are you a friend of Dorothy?”
Environment, Work Life
On April 18, 1977, President Jimmy Carter delivered sobering news to the nation: “The energy crisis has not yet overwhelmed us, but it will if we do not act quickly.”
Growing up in a Jewish household in New Jersey, I found the Christmas season a bit awkward.
Immigration & Migration
The early years of the Folklife Festival prominently featured a series of programs showcasing “Old Ways in the New World,” which began in 1973 and continued through 1981.