B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2012-01-18
B.K. Silverlake was born in 1946 to Emma and Raymond Duke, a circus family, and married into another circus family. She shared experiences of managing pig races, working in phone rooms, running a circus office, being a purchasing agent, and parenting. B.K. explained the circus community, circus lingo, and perceptions of the public. She described her long involvement with the circus and her role in establishing the Showmen's Association in Hugo, Oklahoma.
This is the second interview with B.K. Silverlake. Her first interview was recorded July 1, 2011 (See: afc2012003_00275)
Recorded at the Hugo Public Library, Hugo, Oklahoma, January 18, 2012.
The "Big Top" Show Goes On : Archie Green Fellows Project, 2011-2012 (AFC 2012/003: 00276) Archive of Folk Culture, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
To honor the memory of Archie Green (1917-2009), a fellowship program was established at the American Folklife Center in 2010. Archie Green Fellowships support new research in the contemporary culture and traditions of American workers.