In Brief for December 2014

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  • The Folklife Today blog highlights the collections of the Library of Congress, particularly the American Folklife Center and the Veterans History Project, and features stories about songs, stories, traditional arts, cultural expressions and oral histories.
  • The California Academy of Sciences produces Curator: The Museum Journal, which explores current issues and practices in museum research, conservation, education and other subjects of involving museum curation.
  • The National Film Preservation Act mandates that, annually, the Librarian of Congress names 25 films to the National Film Registry that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant. This year’s selections are here. The public is urged to make nominations for next year’s registry at (
  • The Smithsonian Center for Culture and Folklife has begun a series called Through Lines: Critical Reflections on Practice, Culture, and Community – a perspective on the Center’s mission as it blends in daily life across our communities. View the first in the series here, as it focuses on the young researchers of a community autobiography.

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