|It’s an exciting time for NYFS as we reinvigorate our network and expand our impact across the state through our services and programs for the folklore field and traditional artists. Our members have been the heart and soul of the New York Folklore Society for more than 70 years, and your involvement is important to us!|
FALL-WINTER 2017/2018 VOICES
Maritime Folklife of New York City’s Forgotten Borough
Naomi Sturm and Daniel Franklin Ward
Fruit in the Forest: Foraging Apples and Pressing Cider in the Finger Lakes
Maria Elizabeth Kennedy
“The Golden Arm”: Collecting and Performing the Folktale
Pageantry Puppets, Community Memory, and Living Traditions:
Extending the Reach of Cultural and Educational Institutions
Kate Grow McCormick
...and much more!
REDC AWARD ANNOUNCED
Ellen McHale, NYFS Executive Director, announced: “The New York Folklore Society is pleased to announce that we received a $75,000 workforce development grant through the Regional Economic Development Council program.” (December 15, 2017). Read more on the NYFS Facebook.
Ask a Professor: GABRIELLE BERLINGER
Congratulations to New York Folklore Society Board member, Gabrielle Berlinger, for her interview at JSTOR Daily.
|Gabrielle, a professor of American Studies and Folklore at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, is the author of the new book Framing Sukkot: Tradition and Transformation in Jewish Vernacular Architecture from Indiana University Press. |
Gabrielle says: “When I tell people I’m a folklorist, they say that I must be a great storyteller and ask me what fairy tale or legend is my favorite. I have to explain that I don’t specialize in these well-known narrative traditions, and that Folklore Studies actually encompasses many different expressive traditions—verbal, material, and performative—that are passed down through the generations by oral transmission or practice. Folklorists study song, dance, religious and ritual performance, cooking, dress and body adornment, occupational labor, artistic production, architecture, and many, many more forms of expressive culture. By bridging the social sciences and humanities through the use of both ethnographic fieldwork and formal textual analysis, folklorists analyze everyday creative performances such as graffiti art, carpet weaving, religious home altars, or children’s handclapping games to learn about individual worldviews, shared cultural beliefs, community values, and social conditions.
Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations.
NYFS supports continued
resettlement in the United States.
|In Harm’s Way|
COMMUNITY RESPONSES TO HURRICANE IRENE AND TROPICAL STORM LEE
October 28, 2017 – October 1, 2018
Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY
A partnership with the New York Folklore Society, this timely exhibition explores local responses to hurricanes, the devastating impact natural disasters have on communities, and the resiliency of our neighbors.
SEE PHOTOS from the opening of the exhibit, “In Harm's Way: Community Responses to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” mounted in collaboration with Long Island Traditions and the Schenectady County Historical Society.
Thanks to all who attended the opening!
From left, Bryan Printup, a member of the Tuscarora Nation; the Rev. James J. Maher, C.M., president of Niagara University; Ellen McHale, director of the New York Folklore Society; and Thomas van Buren, president of the New York Folklore Society’s board of directors, opening the Symposium.
Cultural Migration: Displacement & Renewal
Visit the Program Page for more details
Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement
in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of New York
September 8–9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University
View the PHOTOS FROM THE SYMPOSIUM
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|STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing. |
Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale gathered oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry.
160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index
|Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE|
By Jessica Bloustein and Patrick Garrett
November 20, 2016
There are historical markers all over the world. They are typically signs, placards or statues denoting some important bit of history that occurred in a particular place. But in some places, history and lore are heavily intertwined. New York State is trying something new to reflect this powerful connection. Listen here. Also available free on Itunes.