The Foxfire Project: 50 Years of Public Folklore

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History / Heritage - Lecture/Discussion

Date & Time: Monday, May 20, 2019
6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Suggested Audiences: Middle School, High School, College, Adult, Elders
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Alpharetta Branch Library
10 Park Plaza
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Cost: Free
Description: Presented by Firefox Project Executive Director Dr. T.J. Smith

In 1966, a group of high school students in Rabun County, GA transformed a classroom assignment into a public folklore phenomenon when they decided to publish a literary and culture magazine called Foxfire. Named for a bioluminescence created by some fungi that live on decaying wood, the magazine set out to illuminate folk and traditional arts and amateur literary works from Southern Appalachia. Foxfire quickly became a national sensation and, in 1972, was translated into a New York Times bestselling book series that has, to date, sold over 9 million copies worldwide.

In his talk, Foxfires executive director T.J. Smith explores this amazing student-led project and discusses its role as an experiment in public folklore. 

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Phone: 404-613-6735
Entered by: Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System (

Created: March 26, 2019 at 3:37 PM

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