W.Va.'s Folklorist Talks About New Apprentice Program

Sep 29, 2017

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, 87-year-old Jim Shaffer has had his hands busy since 1946. He is the last commercial broom-maker left in West Virginia. On Saturday, Sept. 30, a short film about Shaffer will be screened at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The event is free and open to the public.

State folklorist Emily Hilliard teamed up with Inside Appalachia earlier this year to produce the story, as part of a collaboration between West Virginia Public Broadcasting and the West Virginia Folklife Program.

Roxy Todd sat down with Emily to talk about her work, and a new project she’s working on that aims to connect younger folks with artisans across West Virginia.

We also hear Conductor David Amram's rendition of Louis Armstrong's classic song, "What a Wonderful World" on Mountain Stage's Song of the Week.