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The New York Folklore Society
celebrates the extraordinary in
everyday life, bringing focus
to traditions of our state’s
diverse peoples.

NYFS fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.

Voices Spring Summer 2014

Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore is back on track, with leadership provided by the editorial/production team of Todd DeGarmo, Patti Mason, Laurie Longfield, and Desktop Solutions. The most current issue was mailed early in 2015.
Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack

Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing. The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. At The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls through December 2014. Read more...

Exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his
tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility,
Photo of exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility, Florida. Photo by Ellen McHale.

SEE Executive Director
Ellen McHale
on Schenectady Today,
February 25, 2014.

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SAVE THE DATE! Announcing a Benefit for New York Folklore Society:
Adirondack Attic Music History Tour featuring Dan Berggren and Andy Flynn
flynnphoto-bwFriday, May 22, 2015
7:30 p.m.

GE Theater, Proctors
432 State Street
Schenectady, NY

Tickets: $20
On sale April 1

The Adirondack Attic Musical History Tour vibrantly brings history to life. Author, editor, publisher and host of North Country Public Radio’s Adirondack Attic, Andy Flynn joins Adirondack folk singer Dan Berggren for a special presentation that mixes folk songs with stories and images from the archives of the Adirondack Museum.

Tickets go on sale on April 1, 2015, at NYFS in downtown Schenectady,
online here, or
by mail to NYFS, 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.

For more information, or to order by phone, call NYFS at 518/346-7008.

Only at Proctors


Save the Date!

New York Folklore Society’s
Members’ Annual Meeting and Gathering

March 10, 2015
5:00-8:00 p.m.
Union Hall
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Please RSVP here


Visit the New York Folklore Society’s
Gallery of NY Traditions

New York Folklore Society

New York Traditions

129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Buy local!
New York Traditions On-line

Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!

slideshow of gallery gifts

ArtsWestchester’s Lunar New Year Celebration, March 1, 2015

Henry Arquette receives the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for 2014

                                    NEA Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette with NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Tom Pich. Photo courtesy of NEA.

On September 17, 2014, Henry Arquette received the highest award that this nation offers to folk and traditional artists. A maker of utilitarian baskets held in high regard by his Haudenosaunee Mohawk community, Henry Arquette was one of nine award honorees for 2014, and the only artist from New York State to receive the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for 2014. READ more from the Director’s Column in Voices Fall-Winter 2013.

NYS Folklife Reader: Diverse Voices   

New York Folklore Society

Ask the New York Folklore
Society about opportunities
for Mentoring and
Professional Development

Technical assistance and professional development opportunities are now available from the New York Folklore Society, through support from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Support is also available for travel to attend conferences or to observe a colleague or fellow artist. Sound interesting? Email the New York Folklore Society or read more here.
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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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