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Sara Gertrude Knott 1962

BACKGROUND

Information: An organization.

The National Folk Festival Association was founded by Sarah Gertrude Knott (see the 1962 photo above) in 1934.

The Association has asa its objectives the bringing together of groups from various sections of the United States, with thecharacteristic folk expressions of each,in the faith that national incentive gives encouragement of regional, state, and community festivals and that continued participation in such festivals keeps alive the fine traditional customs associated with the founding of this nation. In addition to serving as a record of the social life fo early America and the later America as well, the Festival furnishes a basic cultural, leisure-time activity program. It represents material which may inspire future artistic creations through the interchange of distinctive folk songs, dances, music, myths, and folk stories to different races and nationalities, through which they hope for better understanding and unity.


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