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    Mark Bergeron interview conducted by Madeleine Hall-Arber, 2017-01-06. Bergeron discusses his path in the industry, starting with buying and selling fish and eventually as a co-owner of Bergie's. He explains the changes in the business from when he started, especially the harsh realities of today that are a consequence of strict regulations and changes in technology. He has three children in various aspects of the business, so his goal is to provide...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Bergeron, Mark - Hall-Arber, Madeleine
    • Date: 2017
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    Barbara Ellen Wilks interview conducted by Sarah Filkins, 2020-03-10. Barbara Wilks, FAIA, an architect and landscape architect, discusses her journey as principal and owner of Cho Wilks and Benn in Baltimore, Maryland, and later of W Architecture and Landscape Architecture in New York City. She talks about being one of a handful of women architectural students at Cornell University; and how, with classmate and future business partner Diane Cho, she moved to Baltimore...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Filkins, Sarah K. - Wilks, Barbara
    • Date: 2020
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    Mariana Moreno interview conducted by Corinn Williams, 2017-06-10. Mariana Moreno is from Guatemala and has been working at Bergie's seafood since age 16. She has learned all of the job duties at the plant including jobs typically reserved for men like hand cutting fish. She discusses adjusting her family budget to fluctuating work hours, her recent promotion and responsibilities in the workplace.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Moreno, Mariana - Williams, Corinn
    • Date: 2017
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    Michael Fulton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-08-12. Mike Fulton, born in 1957, entered the circus industry at a young age and discussed how that came about. After high school graduation, the family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma. He held various jobs within the circus from driving the spool truck and the water truck to managing concessions to working with the elephants. He shared memories of working for D.R. Miller and working with...
    • Contributor: Fulton, Michael S. - Finchum, Tanya - Occupational Folklife Project - Nykolaiszyn, Juliana
    • Date: 2011

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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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    Diane Thompson interview conducted by Mary M. Hoefferle, 2013-11-21. Diane Thompson, a teacher at Riverside Elementary in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, describes her daily life as an elementary art educator. She talks about her relationships with other teachers, administrators, parents and staff, and her experiences in education. She discusses changes in education and the student population over the last 30 years, job stress, and public perception of teachers in Wisconsin.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Thompson, Diane - Hoefferle, Mary M.
    • Date: 2013
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    Ann Beha interview conducted by Sarah Filkins, 2019-11-06. Ann Beha discusses her journey as architect, founder and design principal at Ann Beha Architects, a 50-person firm located in Boston, Massachusetts. An influential architect noted for major historic preservation projects, she talks about studying urban history and architecture at MIT and founding a services-based student organization that advised local churches and historic organizations on building-codes, maintenance and other architectural issues. After graduation, her...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Filkins, Sarah K. - Beha, Ann
    • Date: 2019
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    Barbara Miller Byrd interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-11-19. Third-generation circus owner Barbara Miller Byrd was born in 1946. She talked about her parents, D.R. and Isla Miller, and the history of the Carson & Barnes Circus, and the future of traveling tent shows. Barbara performed various acts and worked multiple jobs on the circus from selling tickets to riding elephants to managing the budget. She described her current role as owner and...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Finchum, Tanya - Nykolaiszyn, Juliana - Byrd, Barbara Miller
    • Date: 2011

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    Krai Thay interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-09-06. Krai Thay was born in the Mae La refugee camp on the border between Burma and Thailand. Sometime before his birth, Thay's family, who were members of the Karen ethnic group, fled Burmese government repression and went to Thailand, where they eked out a living in the refugee camp. When his parents left for resettlement in Sweden, Thay stayed in the camp to continue...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Thay, Krai - McKerley, John W.
    • Date: 2016
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    Otto L. Merida interview conducted by John W. McKerley, 2016-05-05. Otto Merida was born in southwest Guatemala in 1961. He came from a family with (maternal) Mayan and (paternal) German roots. While his father's family were skilled workers (barbers and bakers), his mother's family had significant wealth in land. Disinterested in school, Merida moved to Guatemala City to work for his uncle, who was an "executive" at Colgate/Palm Olive. In 1984, an aunt (a...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - McKerley, John W. - Merida, Otto L.
    • Date: 2016
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    Shuly Amsel and Minky Wellinger interviews conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-06. Shuly Amsel is the owner and operator of Shuly's Wigs. Her business started as a small operation out of her home. Today, Shuly's Wigs are highly sought after. She runs a retail and wholesale operation. Her clientele includes Jewish Orthodox wives looking to cover up their hair, celebrities, celebrity stylists, and African American women, but they are marketed to and worn by women of...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Amsel, Shuly - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Alison Smith interview conducted by Margaret Mary Miles and Catherine ten Broeke, 2017-04-04. Alison Smith started Atti's Eats Pet Food and Supplies Pantry to provide pet food, pet supplies, and other assistance with the animals of people living in poverty and homelessness. Atti's Eats operates largely out of a trailer that Alison brings to locations where the food and supplies are distributed such as a location where free meals are offered.
    • Contributor: Miles, Margaret Mary - Broeke, Cathy Ten - Smith, Allison - Occupational Folklife Project
    • Date: 2017

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    Tomas Calil interview conducted by Corinn Williams, 2017-01-21. Tomas Calil is from Guatemala and is a supervisor at Bergie's Seafood. He has been working at Bergie's for 15 years and knows all aspects of production at the plant.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Calil, Tomas - Williams, Corinn
    • Date: 2017
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    Harold Clausen interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-21. Interview with Harold "Pork" Clausen focuses on his experiences as an ironworker. His wife, Sharon, joins in at the end of the recording session. The audio interview is in two parts: file afc2011062_00168_sr01 contains the main interview; afc2011062_00168_sr02 is an addendum containing a story about a fight between two foremen on a barge.
    • Contributor: Clausen, Harold Wayne - Occupational Folklife Project - Leary, James P.
    • Date: 2011

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    Shahzad Hafeez interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-09. Shahzad Hafeez is from Pakistan. He discusses being trained as an engineer and becoming a hairdresser in the United States. He talks about the difference of Indian hair compared to European hair and how Indian culture, in relation to hair and beauty, is influenced by American culture.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hafeez, Shahzad - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Delores Fortuna interview conducted by Meredith McGriff, 2018-11-19. Potter Delores Fortuna talks about her career in clay, from her education at the University of Chicago, her teaching positions (including at the Art Institute of Chicago), to producing work in her own small studio in northwestern Illinois, where she helped start the Twenty Dirty Hands pottery tour. She discusses the many art centers and tours she has helped to start throughout her career,...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Fortuna, Delores - McGriff, Meredith A. E.
    • Date: 2018

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    Karen Pelletier interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-08-21. Pelletier has been a barber in the quaint small town of Georgetown, Massachusetts, for twenty-nine years. She discusses her preference to cut men's hair over working in a beauty salon. She's also discusses the issue of baldness and the conversations that happen in her shop. Pelletier has served three generations of her customers' families and has starting cutting hair for elderly women. She briefly...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Pelletier, Karen - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2013
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    Renee Schumacher interview conducted by Mary M. Hoefferle, 2013-08-23. Renee Schumacher teaches at Roosevelt Elementary School in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. She describes her daily life as an elementary art educator, relationships with other teachers, administrators, parents and staff, and her experiences with discrimination based on the discipline she teaches and her sexual orientation.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Hoefferle, Mary M. - Schumacher, Renee
    • Date: 2013
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    David Jenks interview conducted by Mark Wagler, 2014-04-21. David Jenks talks about teaching in three elementary schools in his native city, Madison, Wisconsin. He emphasizes mandated changes that make it more difficult for him to teach. Earlier in his career, he worked with other teachers in the local Heron Network helping his students publish inquiry articles in Great Blue Heron. Now he has less time for students to research their original questions....
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Jenks, David - Wagler, Mark
    • Date: 2014

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    Sherwin Bitsui reads and discusses From Dissolve on July 20, 2020.
    From Dissolve
    Sherwin Bitsui reads and discusses his poem "From Dissolve" on July 20, 2020, from his studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bitsui (Dine?) is originally from White Cone, Arizona, on the Navajo Reservation. He is the author of Shapeshift (University of Arizona Press, 2003), Flood Song (Copper Canyon Press, 2009), and Dissolve (Copper Canyon Press, 2018). In addition to teaching at the Institute of American...
    • Contributor: Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center - Bitsui, Sherwin
    • Date: 2020
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    Walter J. Cheney interview conducted by Margaret A. Glaser and Charlie Seemann, 2011-09-07. Interview with Walter "Bimbo" Cheney, former cowboy, now surface miner with Newmont Mining Corporation in Elko, Nevada, one of the world's largest gold mining companies. He discussed his previous occupation as cowboy, reasons for leaving that occupation to become a miner, similarities and differences in the occupations, and a description of his present job as miner.
    • Contributor: Cheney, Walter J. - Glaser, Meg A. - Seemann, Charlie - Occupational Folklife Project - Glaser, Margaret A.
    • Date: 2011
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    Mick Jay Krueger interview conducted by Anne Pryor, 2014-03-08. Mick Jay Krueger describes his work as a 4th and then 5th grade teacher in Lodi, Wisconsin. He discusses his inspiration for teaching, school traditions, educational tools and equipment, recognition for excellence, the benefits of team teaching, the importance of good administrators, recent changes that have proven difficult, and being a public figure in the community.
    • Contributor: Krueger, Mick Jay - Occupational Folklife Project - Pryor, Anne
    • Date: 2014
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    Steve Davis interview conducted by Candacy Taylor, 2012-09-02. Steve Davis was named "Best Colorist" by Philadelphia Magazine. Much of the interview addresses the techniques and issues of coloring all types of hair. He also talks about the importance of being a responsible business owner and doing what's necessary to excel at the trade.
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Davis, Steve - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2012
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    Henrie M. Treadwell interview conducted by Candacy A. Taylor, 2018-12-17. Henrie Treadwell's aunt, Modjeska Simkins, ran a Green Book hotel about 10 miles outside of Columbia, South Carolina. Treadwell talks about growing up with Simkins, a fierce civil rights activist, who set up several NAACP chapters throughout South Carolina. She tells a story about spending time with James Brown as a child when he stayed at the motel and took her to one of...
    • Contributor: Occupational Folklife Project - Treadwell, Henrie M. - Taylor, Candacy A.
    • Date: 2018

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    Marcie Rendon reads and discusses Resilience on July 13, 2020.
    Resilience
    Marcie Rendon reads and discusses her poem "Resilience" on July 13, 2020, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rendon is a White Earth Nation Anishinabe author, playwright, poet, and community arts activist. Rendon works to create mirrors for us as Native people and is a firm believer that we are way more resilient than we are traumatized.
    • Contributor: Rendon, Marcie R. - Library of Congress. Poetry and Literature Center
    • Date: 2020