FLOR500, Garden 264 Thelma Bolton, Florida Folk Festival Director (1904–1992) Thelma Bolton was director and emcee of the Florida Folk Festival for 30 years, an institution that she helped found in 1952. Bolton was actively involved in the field of folklore for more than 40 years, helping start smaller festivals like the Heart of Florida Folk Festival, held in Dade City. She served as the chairman of folk music for the Florida and National Federation of Music Clubs and was the recipient of a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for “contributions to preservation and popularization of Florida folkways, folklore, and folk music.”
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Thelma Bolton, Florida Folk Festival Director 

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Thelma Bolton, Florida Folk Festival Director 

(1904–1992)

Thelma Bolton was director and emcee of the Florida Folk Festival for 30 years, an institution that she helped found in 1952. Bolton was actively involved in the field of folklore for more than 40 years, helping start smaller festivals like the Heart of Florida Folk Festival, held in Dade City. She served as the chairman of folk music for the Florida and National Federation of Music Clubs and was the recipient of a national award from the American Association for State and Local History for "contributions to preservation and popularization of Florida folkways, folklore, and folk music.”





 




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