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Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack
A photographic exhibit about the workers and working life of the thoroughbred horse racing industry
in the United States, with an emphasis on the racetracks owned and operated by the New York Racing Association, which operates Belmont and Aqueduct Racetracks in New York City and the racetrack at Saratoga Springs, NY.
On display at the New York Folklore Society’s Gallery of New York Artists (129 Jay Street, Schenectady) through the end of October, 2017. Visit our Gallery page to find out more about the exhibit.
STABLE VIEWSA 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

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In Harm’s Way

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 New York Folklore Society’s 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!

LONG ISLAND TRADITIONS: Learning from Our Neighbors, a roundtable discussion, looking back on the five years since Super Storm Sandy and how communities have come together following other historic storms is taking place on November 12 at 2 p.m. at the Long Island Museum, where Long Island Traditions is presenting its “In Harm’s Way” exhibition, focusing on how communities are protecting their coastlines, and preparing for severe weather events. Learning from Our Neighbors will be moderated by Nancy Solomon, Executive Director of Long Island Traditions and curator of ”In Harm’s Way;“ Dr. Ellen McHale, Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society and curator of “In Harm’s Way” at the Schenectady Historical Society; Karen Amspacher of Harker’s Island, North Carolina, Executive Director of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum & Heritage Center founded in 1992; and Naomi Sturm of Staten Island, Director of Public Programs for the Center for Traditional Music and Dance, and curator of “Working Waterfront: Memories Hold,” which examines the Superstorm Sandy experiences and maritime traditions of Staten Island. For more information, call (631) 751-0066.

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
Symposium on Immigration and Resettlement in the Buffalo-Niagara Region of New York
September 8–9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University


Visit the Program Page for more details

Funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Humanities New York.
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William G. Pomeroy Foundation


We are in our 2nd Year!
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation partnered with the New York Folklore Society in 2015 to launch a grant program to celebrate legends and folklore as part of New York’s history. In just one year, we funded 14 markers.
Legends are sometimes referred to as “folk history.” They are reports and stories that explain an unusual event, a unique person, or warn others as in a cautionary tale. Passed from person to person over time, there is often historical truth at the heart of every legend. The details, however, are often altered through oral communication.

ELIGIBILITY Grants available to 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities within New York State.

GRANT DEADLINES – Apply online.
June 30, 2017 or October 31, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060.

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The New York Folklore Society’s programs are made possible in part with public funds from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. Additional funding is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, The William Gundry Broughton Charitable Trust, The Arthur Z. Solomon Charitable Trust, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, New York Council on the Humanities, Stewarts’ Corporation, IBM Corporation, the Community Loan Fund of the Greater Capital Region, the Rotary Club of Schenectady, and Schenectady County Initiative Program.

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