32 minutes | Oct 7th 2020

Episode 16 - Pete & Peggy Bulger Remember Diamond Teeth Mary

It is my pleasure to welcome one of the nation’s top folklorists and  folklore administrators Peggy Bulger to the  Florida Folk Show Podcast.  Peggy’s career began in Florida when she was named Florida’s State Folk  Arts Coordinator in 1975, a year later she became the administrator of  the Florida Folklife Program for 13 years. Bulger left in 1989 to work  10 years as the Folk Arts Director and Senior Program Officer for the  Southern Arts Federation in Atlanta. In 1999, she was named director of  Library of Congress’ American Folklife Center – only the second person  to hold that post since the Center’s creation in 1976 (Florida  folklorist Alan Jabbour was the founding director). Bulger retired from  her position as Director of the American Folklife Center (AFC) at the  Library of Congress on December 31, 2011.   I met Peggy when she first came to Florida and traveled with her to  visit a few folklore legends. As she put together the state’s first  Folklore directory and have followed her career ever since. In fact, she  was the one who first told me about Mary Smith McClain – the legendary  Diamond Teeth Mary.  Since Mary was in Bradenton and I was in St. Pete,  Peggy asked me if I would give Mary a ride to White Springs to perform  in the Florida Folk Festival. --- This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/floridafolkshow/support
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