Project:#11 Community & oral history
We all live and belong to a community. Further define yourself by
defining the community(s) in which you live and participate. You may wish to give this some thought.
Look up community in the dictionary.
Identify your communities before you write.
City Lore Based in New York, the City
Lore organization is a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting the cultural
heritage of the city through a variety of programs and events. Two online exhibits
dealing with the Puerto Rican Day parade and the making of lace highlight some of
their more recent work. A resources link on the site leads to several helpful
articles that highlight the study of urban culture and folklore, along with a list
of related links. One of the best parts of the site is an area dealing with New
York Favorites, which is essentially a list of places and sights that local New
Yorkers have submitted to the site. Finally, the site contains City Lore's online
People's Hall of Fame, which recognizes the life-long contributions of persons who
have dedicated themselves to the maintenance and practice of a number of folkways
American Folklore Maintained by
Sandra E. Schlosser, a freelance author, this site contains numerous tales of
American folklore. Casting a broad net, the sections are organized around
different themes, such as Famous Characters, Historical Folklore, and Regional
Folktales. Along with these areas, there is also a complete alphabetical list of
all the different tales on the site. One of its best parts is a section on Tall
Tales, which relate different stories about ghosts, holidays, and various places
that have arisen out of the American folklore tradition. The site is a good way to
get reacquainted with the folklore tradition in America, while serving as a solid
introduction to the subject for young people.
Will Durant Foundation While
Will Durant is most well-known for his massive 11 volume Story of Civilization,
the Will Durant Foundation Web site tells visitors about some of his other
projects and life achievements, along with those of his wife, Ariel Durant. The
site begins with a short essay offering a brief synopsis of Durant's life,
including his relationship with his wife and the publishing icons Dick Simon and
Max Schuster. The site contains articles written by Will Durant on a variety of
subjects ranging from ancient Greece to the nature of civilization. For those
interested in asking questions about Durant and his work, there is also an open
and moderated discussion forum, along with a place for interested visitors to
purchase any number of volumes authored by Mr. Durant and his wife.
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