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    Jeffery Cook interview conducted by Laura Corinne Orleans, 2017-06-08. Jeff Cook, one of the owners of New Bedford Welding Supply in New Bedford, MA, studied welding in high school and college and has worked his way up in his family business. He discusses the role of New Bedford Welding Supply in the fishing industry, the changes in welding equipment over the years, the role of his family members in the family business and...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Cook, Jeffery M. - Orleans, Laura Corinne
    • Date: 2017
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    George Larrimer interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-08-01. George Larrimer worked the port of Houston for almost 40 years. He started his career in the U.S. Coast Guard. In the mid-1970s he joined the Marine Fire Dept (MFD). He describes the evolution of fire fighting practices at the Port of Houston, the day-to-day operations of the MFD, the first fire and accidents at the Port of Houston, his career trajectory in the...
    • Contributor: Potoczniak, Anthony - Larrimer, George - Occupational Folklife Project
    • Date: 2012
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    Diane Cho interview conducted by Sarah Filkins, 2020-07-31. Diane Cho discusses her current position as a principal architect Cho Benn Holback, a Quinn Evans Company in Baltimore, Maryland, that primarily focuses on work in the arts field. Cho talks about her early interest in museums and urban culture; and of being one of few women and only person of color in her architectural program at Cornell University. Following graduation, she explains how...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Filkins, Sarah K. - Cho, Diane
    • Date: 2020
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    Martha Moore Henderson and Michael Moore interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-10-08. Mike Moore, born in 1942, and Martha Moore, born in 1950, shared memories of their parents, who owned the Tex Carson Show, later the Carson & Barnes Circus. Mike held various jobs such as elephant caretaker, performer, candy butcher, prop boss, water man, sideshow canvas boss, and later management tasks. Martha did numerous things for the circus such as horseback riding, engraving jewelry, taking...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Finchum, Tanya - Henderson, Martha Moore - Nykolaiszyn, Juliana - Moore, Michael
    • Date: 2011

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    Kathleen Atkinson interview conducted by Margaret Mary Miles and Catherine ten Broeke, 2017-04-04. Sr. Kathleen Atkinson founded Ministry on the Margins and is its Executive Director. Ministry on the Margins assists ex-offenders with re-entry after leaving the nearby North Dakota State Penitentiary, and offers meals, a food shelf, children's toys, and household items for anyone in need in the community.
    • Contributor: Miles, Margaret Mary - Broeke, Cathy Ten - Atkinson, Kathleen - Occupational Folklife Project
    • Date: 2017

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    Donna Recker interview conducted by Mary M. Hoefferle, 2013-12-05. Donna Recker, a teacher in Emmeline Cook Elementary School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, describes her daily life as an elementary art educator. She discusses relationships with colleagues, educational reforms, the increase in challenging student behaviors, and job stress.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hoefferle, Mary M. - Recker, Donna
    • Date: 2013
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    Anne Hicks Harney interview conducted by Sarah Filkins, 2020-02-17. Architect Anne Hicks Harney describes her role in Long Green Specs, the successful company she founded that specializes in preparing architectural specifications for other firms by identifying, researching and pricing materials to be used in construction projects and providing data for complex architectural bid and contract documents. She discusses her education and experiences working for small firms before discovering her talents and interests in...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Filkins, Sarah K. - Harney, Anne Hicks
    • Date: 2020
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    Ma Aye Myint interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2017-01-20. Ma Aye Myint was born in the Rakhine state in Burma/Myanmar. She lived in a small village by the sea. Her family grew rice that they sold in a nearby city. She attended government schools and studied history. She hoped to gain a position in the government, but was left waiting for several years (a situation that she attributed to discrimination based on her...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Myint, Ma Aye - McKerley, John W.
    • Date: 2017
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    David Monnie Segbee interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-05-09. David Segbee was born in 1980 in the Bong County area of Liberia. He talks about growing up in Liberia in the 1980s and, how soon after the start of the Liberian Civil War, he fled to the Ivory Coast. Segbee describes refugee life in the Ivory Coast, the difficulty finding jobs, and how he had to supplement his income by selling United Nations'...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - McKerley, John W. - Segbee, David Monnie
    • Date: 2016
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    Carrie Grosz interview conducted by Margaret Mary Miles and Catherine ten Broeke, 2017-04-04. Carrie Grosz founded Carrie's Kids and serves as its Executive Director. This interview discusses issues concerning children living in poverty and the support Carrie's Kids offers, including an after-school drop-in program, clothing, meals, special events, and intervention for homeless and low-income children in abusive, neglectful or other dangerous circumstances.
    • Contributor: Miles, Margaret Mary - Broeke, Cathy Ten - Occupational Folklife Project - Grosz, Carrie
    • Date: 2017

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    Ramon Velez interview conducted by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, 2014-08-11. Catalog Record - Electronic Resource Available Ramon "Chicky" Velez came to New England from Puerto Rico in 1989 to work in a factory in Holyoke, Massachusetts. He tells us his story, which takes him from factory work to tobacco farming. His journey started with picking tobacco leaves and included every job on the farm except for driving the tractors in the field. By 1995, he had moved into the job...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Cahill, Darcy - Velez, Ramon - Cahill, Dale F.
    • Date: 2014
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    Gail Bruno interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-13. Gail has a home salon in upstate New York. She has been doing hair for over fifty years. She has a bubbly personality and loves to talk. She is still working at almost seventy-years-old. Most of her clients are aged sixty and older. Walking into her salon is like stepping back in time. During this interview, she talks about losing many of her customers...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bruno, Gail - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Mark Skudlarek interview conducted by Meredith McGriff, 2019-01-05. Potter Mark Skudlarek, owner of Cambridge Wood-Fired Pottery, discusses his career and his craft. He talks about his training: first in college, then in La Borne, France, and as Todd Piker's apprentice. He tells of working for Rockville Union Stoneware and opening his own studio. He describes building his studio and kiln, wood firing, sourcing wood, mixing clay, and having an apprentice of his...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - McGriff, Meredith A. E. - Skudlarek, Mark
    • Date: 2019

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    Terri Shuck interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-05-28. Terri Shuck has been doing hair for thirty-two years. She talks about how she started and the role her customers play in her life. She discusses her organizing and timing strategies for doing chemical treatments on multiple customers. Shuck also talks about what it's like living in Appalachia and debunks a lot of the stereotypes and assumptions about hillbilly culture.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Shuck, Terri - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Joann Keen interview conducted by Mary M. Hoefferle, 2013-09-12. Joann Keen, a teacher at Jefferson Elementary School in Oshkosh, Wisonsin, describes her daily life as an elementary art educator, relationships with other teachers, administrators, parents and staff, and classroom experiences. She discusses the changes in education over the last 30 years, and the political climate of the teaching profession in Wisconsin.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hoefferle, Mary M. - Keen, Joann
    • Date: 2013
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    Steve Bower interview conducted by Ruth Eda Olson, 2014-04-07. Steve Bower discusses his career as a high school science and physics teacher, including his own professional development through the program PRISMS--Physics Resources and Instructional Strategies for Motivating Students--run through the University of Northern Iowa. Steve also discusses a typical day at work, the roles of formative and summative assessments in his teaching, and the types of equipment and tools that he uses in...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bower, Steve - Olson, Ruth Eda
    • Date: 2014

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    Suzan Shown Harjo reads and discusses Welcoming Home Living Beings on August 14, 2020.
    Welcoming Home Living Beings
    Suzan Shown Harjo reads and discusses her poem "Welcoming Home Living Beings" on August 14, 2020, from her home in Washington, D.C. Harjo (Cheyenne and Hodulgee Muscogee) is a writer, curator, and policy advocate who has helped Indigenous Peoples protect sacred places and recover over one million acres of lands. In awarding her a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama said Suzan...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center - Harjo, Suzan Shown
    • Date: 2020
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    Lorna Chavez interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-07-17. Lorna Chavez is an exercise rider who divides her time between Saratoga Springs (May through November) and the racecourse at Gulf Stream Park in Florida. She is a contract rider, who works for several trainers as an independent employee. Lorna talks about the kind of work that she does and some of the changes that she has experienced. She speaks about gender issues and...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Chavez, Lorna - McHale, Ellen
    • Date: 2012
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    Ken Swift interview conducted by Mark Wagler, 2014-04-17. Ken Swift taught for four years in a private school, and for 24 years in three public schools, all at the elementary level in Madison, Wisconsin. He talks about his decision to become a teacher, some routines of a typical day, the importance of checking in with every kid each morning, the long student projects written about in the multi-school Great Blue (Heron) inquiry...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Wagler, Mark - Swift, Ken
    • Date: 2014

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    Iku Kawashita, Steven Landry, Elizabeth Pierotti, Gretzel Stansbury, and Akiko Yoshihara interviews conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-04. Ozuki Salon is a Japanese salon in Washington D.C. The interview was conducted as a group interview with the Ozuki's owners and staff, and then short individual interviews were recorded afterwards. Ozuki offers specialized Japanese services, such as kimono dressing and a green tea service with a Japanese cookie. We discussed the different textures within Japanese hair and advantages of marketing to an Asian...
    • Contributor: Pierotti, Elizabeth - Occupational Folklife Project - Stansbury, Gretzel - Kawashita, Iku - Landry, Steven D. - Taylor, Candacy A. - Yoshihara, Akiko
    • Date: 2012
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    Dino Thompson interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, 2018-12-08. Dino Thompson, a white/Greek-American, grew up at his family's restaurant, the Kozy Korner, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This is where he met Charlie Fitzgerald, a black nightclub owner, whose establishment, Charlie's Place, was listed in the Green Book. Dino regularly patronized Charlie's Place, and in this interview, he shares stories about Charlie Fitzgerald and the experiences he had at his nightclub as well...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Thompson, Dino - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2018

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    Natalie Diaz reads and discusses Postcolonial Love Poem on August 4, 2020.
    Postcolonial Love Poem
    Natalie Diaz reads and discusses her poem "Postcolonial Love Poem" on August 4, 2020, from her home in Mohave Valley, Arizona. Diaz was born and raised in the Fort Mojave Indian Village. She is Mojave, Akimel O'otham and an enrolled member of the Gila River Indian Community.
    • Contributor: Diaz, Natalie - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2020
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    Hellen Kwant and Martha H. Kwant interview conducted by Clare Luz and Khalid Ibrahim, 2018-06-04. Hellen and her daughter Martha Kwant, who is also a PCA, were interviewed together, describing their experiences working as Personal Care Assistants. Hellen brings a unique perspective because she is Colombian born. She talks about cultural differences related to inter-generational caregiving expectations and how she was raised by her mother to take care of anyone in the community who was in need of help....
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Luz, Clare - Kwant, Hellen - Ibrahim, Khalid - Kwant, Martha H.
    • Date: 2018

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    Shirley Warden interview conducted by Virginia Nickerson, 2019-06-21. Shirley Warden says that her passion is recycling. Seventy-nine years old at the time of this interview, Ms. Warden was one of the early coordinators for Barnet Green Up --a day in May when every community in Vermont picks up trash from roadsides, streams, and public places. She currently operates the trash compactor at the transfer station. In this interview, she describes starting an...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Nickerson, Virginia - Warden, Shirley
    • Date: 2019

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    Steve Jarmoc interview conducted by Dale Cahill and Darcy Cahill, 2014-07-14. Steve Jarmoc discusses his family's history in tobacco farming beginning with his grandfather, a Polish immigrant, and ending with his 19-year-old son. He talks about learning to farm as a child: planting, fixing the skips, planting, fertilize ("side dressing"), picking off buds ("topping"), "standing tobacco up" after storms, lighting fires to dry picked leaves, etc. He tells how he raised his own crop to...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Cahill, Darcy - Cahill, Dale F. - Jarmoc, Steve
    • Date: 2014