Traditional Arts Indiana

Jon Kay on December 2, 2011

I wanted to let my listeners know about a podcast series that the TAI staff and I have been working on, Second Servings.  It is an internet radio program that explores the food traditions and cultures that give flavor to the Hoosier State.  From old time favorites like morel mushrooms and tenderloins to more recent […]

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Jon Kay on July 28, 2011

I just finished making this video for the Indiana State Fair Master’s program. I was really inspired by Harold Stark’s story and his thoughts about making things as a memorial for those who taught him and shared information. If you go to the Indiana State Fair, please head over to the Pioneer Village and see […]

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Jon Kay on June 13, 2011

My friend Jason Jackson is hosting a webinar tomorrow for Traditional Arts Indiana on the benefits and uses of the Creative Commons licensing in your projects. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, at 12:15 p.m. (Eastern Time), and should last about 45 minutes.He was featured last month on the Artisan Ancestors Podcast. Here […]

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Jon Kay on April 30, 2011

Come to this free workshop, and I will explain four ways I know this image was taken during the Civil War. I am looking forward to teaching this workshop at the Lilly Library on To register please call: 812-855-2452 The Lilly Library Date: Saturday, May 14, 2011 Location: The Lilly Library on the IU Bloomington […]

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Jon Kay on April 30, 2011

Here is the second installment of the fieldwork Guide that Anna and I put out last year. Would love to hear back from folks who are listening to it. In this Traditional Arts Indiana video, I  discuss  tips and suggestions for conducting  fieldwork interviews for the traditional arts. I try to explain how to  how […]

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Jon Kay on April 28, 2011

The first installment of a series of videos that I did with Anna Batcheller and Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe at Traditional Arts Indiana. I will post the others in the weeks to come. This clip talks about thinking about and preparing to do a folklore or oral history interview.

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Jon Kay on December 30, 2010

I find pocket microscopes like the  Carson MM-200 Pocket Microscope to be a necessary tool in my work with historical photographs.  This inexpensive scope combined with the information and photo samples available at the, help me to identify historic photographic materials and processes. Being able to recognize a photographs support material, binding and surface […]

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Jon Kay on October 8, 2010 Download (14.2MB) In this podcast, I talk with Ralph Lee Smith, who is an authority on the history of Appalachian or mountain dulcimer’s history. For nearly four decades he has research this distinctly American Instrument and its European antecedents. He is the author of two books on the topic: The Story of the Dulcimer […]

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Jon Kay on August 20, 2010 Download (27.4MB) In this episode we meet with historical archaeologist Mike Strezewski and talk about his excavation of the Harmonist kiln site in New Harmony, Indiana. We will also meet with Tom Wintczak, a redware potter who made  plates, strainers and pitchers, inspired from the broken shards and pieces from the excavation site. We […]

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