AMERICAN GUIDE WEEK - QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FIELD REPORTS, ASSIGNMENT #4
Take Pride, It’s the American Guide
YOUR ASSIGNMENT, TRUSTED GUIDE:
The original American Guide series of books was produced by the federal government’s Works Progress Administration in the 1930s and ’40s. Your A/G editors unearthed the actual mimeographed field manual from 1935 that was sent out to each WPA state research office. Editors, researchers, and volunteers used the manual as a basis for collecting information on their district.
We’re asking you to do the same. Stay tuned all this week as we release 10 assignments drawn from the 1935 manual for the upcoming American Guide Week (Nov. 18-24). Use these questions as your guide for contributing #AmericanGuideWeek content. For your fourth assignment, Class III - Folk festivals, Pageants, Celebrations, and Customs. (And yes, these are actual questions from the manual.)
CLASS III - FOLK FESTIVALS, PAGEANTS, CELEBRATIONS, and CUSTOMS
- Are there any famous food specialties in your district? Where and how dispensed?
- Describe any local folk festivals or celebrations of annual or periodic recurrence (such as Tilting Tournaments in Virginia).
- Are there survivals of barn dancing, square dances, peculiar wedding or other ceremonies?
- Are there annual festivals? (Ex. Carnival, New Orleans. Fiesta week, Santa Fe rodeos.)
Between Monday, Nov. 18, and Sunday, Nov. 24, tag your Tumblr photos,illustrations and writing that answer these questions and describe the America you live in and the America you travel through — people, places and things.
Check out some past A/G posts on food, festivals, pageants, and celebrations. Now go out there and describe/photograph/draw what it’s like where you live.
This is a collaboration, folks: a living, Tumblifying documentary about the USA. You’ll be reblogged or featured on The American Guide.
Check out A/G Week assignments here.