Discover Your Community
In 2010 we began a Folklife Project at Perkins Center, engaging Folklorist Thomas Carroll to travel, meet, and document the many and diverse communities and ethnic groups throughout Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester counties. From Mr. Carroll’s fieldwork, we’re excited to learn more about individuals and groups within our region, their history and culture, and to provide that information to the community. We will also be seeking opportunities for this knowledge to inform and become an integral part of our programming at Perkins Center.
Follow us, as our new Folklife Center Director, Karen Abdul-Malik continues the exploration of the rich and treasured folklife traditions in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties. Check back often as we continue to engage communities by conducting fieldwork, expanding our Blog, building our SJ Folklife Internet Resource Center, and preparing our interactive 2018 Exhibition, Tastefully South Jersey.
The Folklife Project is supported by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. This project developed out of the recognition of our shared belief in the value of diversity in our State, which is one of our most significant and valuable characteristics. We invite you to learn more about this project now and as it continues to develop.
Working in Gloucester for this project, we initially focused on parts of the county defined by the larger cities and towns. These include Swedesboro, Glassboro, Woodbury, and Paulsboro. Where possible, we followed leads into the smaller surrounding towns too. So for example, while working in Glassboro we also visited and talked with people in Clayton and Elk Township, as well as Pitman and Barnsboro. While working in Woodbury, we met with people in Deptford Township and in Thorofare and National Park. While working in Paulsboro, we made visits in Gibbstown and Bridgeport. And from Swedesboro, we visited Wenonah, Mullica Hill, Harrison Township, and parts of Greenwich Township along Kings Highway (Rt. 551). By the way, Kings Highway is a richly significant historical corridor in Gloucester County. We’ll report more on that and on all of these places later, as this web page develops.