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Bi-Folkal Productions, Inc.
A Bibliography
September 2003

Remembering 1924

Here are the sights and sounds, the moods and music of the twenties. For those too young to remember, they offer the feel of the times. For those old enough to remember, they bring back memories of everyday life. Whatever your age, you won't want to miss this kit about the Jazz Age, the Era of Wonderful Nonsense. It's the bee's knees!

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Remembering African American Lives

In The Substance of Things Hoped For, Dr. Samuel DeWitt Proctor wrote, "the lessons of the past can help to create a more promising future." This kit prompts discussion and memories of those lessons. Each piece focuses on the contributions of African Americans, so that these accomplishments can be honored by people of all ages and cultures.

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Remembering Aprons

People don't wear aprons like they used to. But there are aprons on many of the women, and even some of the men, in our memories.

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Remembering Automobiles

They stay with us forever, the cars of our youth. Who can't name their family's first car? Who can ever forget the car in which he or she learned to drive — its color, its bulk, its very odor? Rev up for a fast-paced discussion of cross-country trips in other decades, first cars, favorite cars, perhaps even a fender-bender. Help each person write an auto-biography! Talk about women, teenage, and mature drivers. You oughta have an auto program with your group!

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Remembering Birthdays

Another birthday? Celebrate! Each candle represents a year, with all of the work and play, sadness and joy, laughter and tears that it took to live it. Each birthday offers an opportunity to reflect back on those years, and to make plans for the candle to come. So, many happy returns!

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Christmas

Whether you're planning a December Christmas celebration, or a "Christmas in July" party, this mini-kit will provide activities for shorter programs.

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Remembering County Fairs

There was a time in a more rural America when the fair offered the opportunity for days off from work to show off a year's work of raising animals, sewing, crafting, preserving, and baking. It was a time to learn about new things, to play games, to see friends and neighbors. Recapture that time. Consider working on a project for next year's fair. Plan a field trip. With this kit, everyone can go to the fair!

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Remembering the Depression

This kit is unique because it fosters a sense of importance for the plight of the individual in the Depression, it encourages the viewer to be a living historian, and it does not compromise on quality of depth by trying for a simplistic presentation.

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Remembering Fall

"Remembering fall frost you say? You ask me whether I had any frost to my place this mornin'?" So begins an irresistible invitation to remember autumns past--the sights, sounds, smells, textures, and taste treats. The first part of the media is an entertaining nine-minute monologue. After the narrator tells his story, your group members will want to tell theirs. Who can help but notice how getting ready for winter has changed over the years? It's a cool and refreshing program topic for a hot summer afternoon.

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Remembering Farm Days

It has been said that nothing in the American scene has changed so much in the last half-century as country life. This kit offers the opportunity to explore the sights, sounds, aromas, sweat, tears, work, and laughter that have gone into the farms when today's adults were children. This kit is for those who remember another pace of life and for those who wish they did.

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Remembering the Fashion

This is a topic of perpetual interest, because fashion is, after all, an endless replay. What is in fashion now has been "in" before and will be "out" and then "in" again. Each generation chooses its own fashions and rejects another's. Hair, swimwear, shoes, and that one unforgettable outfit are all great topics for women and men to remember and talk about.

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Remembering the Fifties

Go back in time to the decade that brought us the Korean War, Elvis, McDonald's, Tupperware, and Joe McCarthy.

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Food

Perfect for any season, this mini-kit collection of mouthwatering images and activities is sure to inspire memories of food.

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Friends

Long-ago and faraway friends are with us in our hearts and memories. This mini-kit will help bring them back and keep them close. It will also provide a warm environment for discovering new friends. This is just the thing for your volunteer recognition event!

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Remembering Fun and Games

Any number can play. Everyone can win. All you have to do is join in. You have to be willing to forget all your cares and troubles for a while and let the most important thing be the game itself.

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Remembering Home

What is at the "heart of home" for each of us? What would your dream home look like? This kit helps people examine those questions. Oftentimes, a favorite item, photograph, texture, sound, scent, or taste may come from the past to make someone feel more at home in the present. We all need a place where we feel comfortable, where we feel "at home." Hopefully, your group members will remember those places for themselves and develop those feelings in the places where they are.

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Remembering the Home Front

Three generations of Americans now living have been directly affected by World War II: the veterans of the war and the home front, their parents, and their baby boom children. Now is the time to share and compare experiences, insights, and attitudes about that war, and war in general.

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Jewish Memories

You don't have to be Jewish to enjoy these images of Jewish holidays and history, family scenes, culture, and entertainment.

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Remembering Music

Music is the universal language. It can say for us what we can't say for ourselves. Without saying a word, music can remind us of important occasions of our lives. George Sand wrote, "It is extraordinary how music sends one back into memories of the past." Come, share your musical memories.

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Remembering Pets

Here is a warm and fuzzy reminder of the animals who have found a place in our homes and hearts. But even those who don't love animals usually have stories about why they don't. Dog and cat owners like to debate the relative merits of their pets. Music, skits, pictures, and readings are all designed to prompt lively conversation.

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Remembering School Days

Plan on sharing memories of one-room schoolhouses, spelling bees, ink wells, school pageants, and lessons in the 3 "Rs".

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Remembering Spring

Every year, just when we've had enough winter, spring arrives. The season officially begins on a day in March when the night and day are of equal length. Then according to old songs and legends, wonderful things happen very suddenly. The birds return in the northern regions, the flowers burst into view, and young men and young women fall in love automatically. That's according to old songs and legends. You'll have to check with the people in your groups to find out the truth.

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Remembering Summertime

Conjure up home remedies for common summer ailments such as sunburn, poison ivy, bee stings and insect bites. Trace summer vacation routes on a map. Get some lemons and make real old-fashioned lemonade.

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Remembering Train Rides

Not too long ago, trains criss-crossed this country, whizzing passengers to their destinations. Now one songwriter worries about the day his young son will ask him, "Daddy, what's a train?" Ideal for intergenerational study of train rides themselves or the myriad topics that branch out like railways from it.

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Remembering Valentine's Day

Affectionate greetings are too good to be saved for only one day a year! While reminiscing about holidays past, participants are encouraged to share their warm feelings with others all year long.

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Remembering Work Life

Most of us have spent the majority of our lives working. Use this kit to gather the stories of paid jobs and work done at home or on the farm. Individually, our work experiences are an important part of each of our lives. Taken together, they provide a perspective on the work life of a nation.

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