A Community Conversation with the Novak Family

Join folklorist Jennie Flinspach and local restaurateurs the Novak Family for a conversation about some of the cultural traditions of Linn County and the people who practice them. The talk will be Thursday, September 20, at 3:00 PM at Novak’s Hungarian Restaurant, 208 2nd St. SW in Albany.

This open community conversation invites audiences to connect with tradition keeper Matilda Novak and her children about their family history and the authentic Hungarian cuisine that their family has made for many years. The Novaks will also demonstrate the methods they use to create the traditional dishes served in their family restaurant.

Folklorist Dr. Thomas Grant Richardson, an independent folklorist based in New Mexico, spent several days in Albany and the surrounding area speaking to members of the community, documenting their traditions, and learning how their occupations shaped their lives as a part of the Oregon Folklife Network’s Willamette Valley Statewide Folklife Survey.

Funding for this program comes from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Oregon Folklife Network, Oregon’s designated Folk & Traditional Arts Program. The project sent trained folklorists to meet and interview culture keepers in Benton, Linn, Lane, Marion Counties and at the Confederated Tribes of Grande Ronde.

Jennie Flinspach, OFN Summer Folklife Fellow, received a BA in English from Simpson College and Master’s degrees in Folklore and Arts Management from the University of Oregon. With the OFN, Flinspach has managed the Oregon Culture Keepers’ Roster and interned with the Warm Springs Folklife Fieldschool. As an archivist for the Randall V. Mills Archive of Northwest Folklore, she designed and edited Cooking with Folklore: Recipes from the Archives. Prior to moving to Oregon, Flinspach was a high school English and drama teacher in the Iowa public school system.

For more information about public programs in throughout the Willamette Valley, contact Jennie Flinspach at ofn@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820.

Please contact Oregon Folklife Network Director, Riki Saltzman, at riki@uoregon.edu or 541-346-3820 with questions about the Oregon Folklife Network or recommendations for traditions, groups, or individual folk & traditional artists to be documented in the Willamette Valley area. OFN always appreciates contact information for traditional musicians and dancers, quilters, storytellers, cooks, leatherworkers, fly-tiers, wood carvers, silversmiths, taxidermists, basket makers, and more.

The OFN is administered by the University of Oregon and is supported in part by grants from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Historical Society, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

About the University of Oregon

The University of Oregon is among the 108 institutions chosen from 4,633 U.S. universities for top-tier designation of “Very High Research Activity” in the 2010 Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO also is one of two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities.

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