AMERICAN GUIDE WEEK - NOVEMBER 18-24, 2013

We’re just a little over one week away from #AmericanGuideWeek! The Valley News from New Hampshire/Vermont says you should join in, so what are you waiting for? 

BE A GUIDE. SHOW AMERICA TO AMERICANS. 

Between Monday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 24, tag your Tumblr photos, illustrations and writing that describe the America you live in and the America you travel through — people, places and things. This is a collaboration, folks: a living, Tumblifying documentary about the USA. You’ll be reblogged or featured on The American Guide.

YOUR ASSIGNMENT, TRUSTED GUIDE: 

Your A/G editors unearthed the actual mimeographed manual that the WPA sent out to each state research office in charge of producing the original guidebooks.

So, stay tuned all next week as we release the top 10 “how to be a WPA Guide” instructions — to use as your guide for #AmericanGuideWeek. 

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Illustration by Guide to the West, James Orndorf - www.roughshelter.com

Konjanik = The Rider on horseback

Peter Boro

The WPA California Folk Music Project

579 Plays

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"Konjanik = The Rider on horseback" by Peter Boro

This recording forms part of the WPA California Folk Music Project, which was a New Deal ethnographic field collection of song and sound documenting the music and lives of California immigrants, Dust Bowl refugees, as well as decedents of the men and women that were the first to settle the northern rural region of the state.   

On May 7, 1939, Peter Boro (pictured) performed Croatian music on the gusle and misnice for music collecter Sidney Robertson Cowell in San Mateo, California.

Source: National Archives

Turkey in the Straw with Variations

John Stone

The WPA California Folk Music Project

779 Plays

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"Turkey in the Straw with Variations" by John Stone

This recording forms part of the WPA California Folk Music Project, which was a New Deal ethnographic field collection of song and sound documenting the music and lives of California immigrants, Dust Bowl refugees, as well as decedents of the men and women that were the first to settle the northern rural region of the state.   

On August 5 and 6, 1939, fiddler John Stone (pictured) performed for music collecter Sidney Robertson Cowell in Columbia, Tuolumne County, California.

Source: National Archives