This Weekend: The Launch of the Mary Celestia Parler Project


Today we are excited to share more details on the launch of the Mary Celestia Parler Project this weekend at the Fayetteville Roots Festival, in collaboration with The Center for Arkansas and Regional Studies, and the University of Arkansas Special Collections department.

A schedule of free events are featured at the Fayetteville Public Library, programming that reaches to engage the public in the diverse and wonderful elements of Parler’s work — everything from an exhibition to a square dance to a series of panel conversations and film screenings. The weekend will conclude on Sunday with a live taping of Tales From the South and followed by a discussion of the Child Ballads with Anais Mitchell and Rachel Reynolds Luster, the Director of the Parler Project.

Folks who can’t make it to Fayetteville: we’ll be sharing much of this weekend’s festivities online in the coming weeks, so please stay tuned.

We’re proud to share below the gorgeous poster for these Parler Project events, created by Gustav Carlson:


Fayetteville Roots Festival Presents: 
Mary Celestia Parler: Celebrating 25 Years of Arkansas Tradition
An Interactive Exhibit 
Walker Community Room, Fayetteville Public Library, 401 West Mountain 

Thursday, August 28th:
1-3 PM Genealogy Workshop, Hosted by Joshua Youngblood, U of A Special Collections
3-5 PM Field School 101: Documenting Your Cultural Traditions, Hosted by Rachel Reynolds Luster (curator), Jenn Jameson (Mississippi folklorist), and Allison Williams (folk musician)
6-8 PM Ozark Music Listening Party, Hosted by Willi Goehring and Featuring the Ozark’s Finest Traditional Musicians and Folklorists

Friday, August 29th:
9-11 AM Crooked Crow Songwriting Workshop, Hosted by J Wagner
12-2 PM KUAF Ozarks at Large Live Radio Broadcast
2-3:30 PM Screening of “FOLK”, a documentary by Sara Terry
3:30-4:30 PM Film Q & A with Director Sara Terry, Raina Rose, and Anthony DaCosta
8-10 PM Old Time Square Dance @ 546 W Center Street

Saturday, August 30th:
11:30-12:30 Panel Discussion of Mary Parler Exhibit with Bob Cochran (Professor, U of A), Tim Nutt (U of A Special Collections) and Rachel Reynolds Luster (Exhibit Curator)
12:30-1:30 PM Screening of “The Search”, CBS Documentary on Mary Parler
1:30-2 PM J.B. Hogan, Folksinger and Writer
2-2:45 PM The Red Star Rounders, Traditional Ozark Music
2:45-3:15 PM Adam Cox, Folk Musician and Social Justice Advocate
3:30-4PM Kim Lansford and Nathan Mcallister, Missouri Dance Music
4-5PM Screening of “The Search”, CBS Documentary on Mary Parler

Sunday, August 31st:
3-4 PM Tales from the South: Live Radio Broadcast with Anais Mitchell and Anthony DaCosta
4-5 PM A Discussion on Child Ballads with Anais Mitchell and Rachel Reynolds Luster

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