Collections Highlights provides a virtual tour of selected materials from
the South Georgia Folklife Collection, housed at the Valdosta State University
Archives and Special Collections.
Let Us Sing: Southeast Georgia Sacred
Harp is a web
version of an exhibit currently on permanent exhibition at the
Okefenokee Heritage Center in Waycross. It was co-curated by Laurie
Kay Sommers and fifth generation Sacred Harp singer, David I. Lee,
of Hoboken. The original 2001 exhibition was supported in part by
the Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) through the appropriations
of the Georgia General Assembly. GCA also receives support from its
partner agency, the National Endowment for the Arts.
Folklife of Wiregrass Georgia is a web version of an exhibit
by the same name now on permanent display in Odum Library at Valdosta
State University. It is built upon an earlier exhibition curated in the
late 1980s by folklorist Tom Rankin for the Arts Experiment Station
at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. This earlier exhibit
featured photographs from the 1977 South Central Georgia Folklife
Survey conducted by a team of folklorists working for the American
Folklife Center of the Library of Congress. The present exhibit includes
additional images and text by Laurie Kay Sommers. It toured
South Georgia from 2000 to 2003 in two versions, the first funded
by the Georgia Humanities Council, and the second funded by an
Access grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.