17th Annual Festival of American Folklife Opens

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The seventeenth annual Festival of American Folklife features the traditional culture of the state of New Jersey, the folk traditions of France and French-American communities, and the 200th anniversary of manned flight. The second annual National Heritage Fellowships are awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts to sixteen musicians and crafts people, and the exhibition in the National Museum of American History highlights the accomplishments of these recipients.


  • National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)
  • National Museum of American History (U.S.) (NMAH)
  • National Heritage Fellowships
  • Smithsonian Institution Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
  • Festival of American Folklife


Chronology of Smithsonian History


Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1983. Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984, p. 396.

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520, SIHistory@si.edu


June 23, 1983


  • Festivals
  • Awards
  • Hot air balloons
  • Manned flight
  • Folk festivals
  • Public programs
  • Entertainers
  • French Americans
  • Performing arts


  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)
  • France
  • New Jersey

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