Folklore: Folklore, Agriculture, Foodways, Supernatural Beliefs, Fear, Urban Legends, and Folklife Festivals.
Kim D. Stryker is an independent folklorist living in Falls Church, VA in a modern farmhouse with her husband, two big dogs, and a variable amount of chickens.Together, the have built up a successful small business with Furnace Record Pressing, the first vinyl record pressing plant in Virginia in twenty years.
She is the founder of the Save the Smithsonian Folklife Festival grassroots campaign that successfully won an agreement between the National Park Service and the Smithsonian Institution. She has a M.A.I.S. in Folklore Studies from George Mason University. Her thesis is a long-term ethnographic study of “pick-your-own” farmers in the Virginia Piedmont. She organized the 50th Anniversary Reunion of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and organizes an annual reunion as well.
She is also the recipient of the 2018 Archie Green Fellowship form the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress which documents the work lives of people in the Virginia wine industry. In addition to teaching, she is a frequent public speaker on topics of popular interest related to Folklore, such as: holiday traditions, Mardi Gras, May Day, Wassailing, and the occupational culture of orcharding and winemaking.
She is currently adjunct faculty at GMU teaching “Intro to Folklore and Folklife” and ENGH 202: "Food and Folklore".
Completing an Archie Green Fellowship from the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, documenting the work lives of people in the Virginia wine industry.
Submitting proposals for a book on the people hard at work behind the Virginia wine boom.
2017-2018 Archie Green Fellowship, the American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress
ENGH 315 Introduction to Folklore and Folklife
ENGH 202 Texts & Contexts: "Food and Folklore"