The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage

The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage is a research and educational unit of the Smithsonian Institution promoting the understanding and continuity of diverse, contemporary grassroots cultures in the United States and around the world. The Center produces the Smithsonian Folklife FestivalSmithsonian Folkways Recordings, exhibitions, documentaries, symposia, publications, and educational materials. (Profile photo by Jeff Tinsley)

Updated January 2013 

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Remembering Senator Daniel K. Inouye

As members of the public pay their last respects to Senator Daniel K. Inouye, the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage remembers the honor of his participation in three Center projects: the Hawai‘i Folklife Festival (1989), the National World War II Reunion (2004), and the “Asian Pacific Americans: Local Lives, Global Ties” Festival program.

The Senator, who passed away on December 17, 2012, has left behind a remarkable legacy that includes military service and a Congressional Medal of Honor, a half-century in national politics, and a lifetime commitment to championing the causes of his home state of Hawai‘i ...

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