Henry Glassie discusses the early life influences that led him to folklore as his vocation. He describes his formal education; his mentoring by Fred B. Kniffen, whose training shaped Glassie's study of material culture; his job as the state folklorist of Pennsylvania; and his participation in the evolution of public sector folklore. Glassie also describes the centrality of fieldwork to his career, his writings, his teaching, his museum work, and to the folklore enterprise. Finally, he evaluates the earmarks of a successful public history venture and the influence of his work's intention to democratize history.

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