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The New York Folklore Society
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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.

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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: Opening Reception

Saturday, October 28, 2 p.m.
Mabee Farm Historic Site, Rotterdam Junction, NY

Join us for small bites and drinks as we celebrate the opening of Mabee Farm’s new exhibition, “In Harm's Way: Community Responses to Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee,” developed in partnership in the New York Folklore Society.
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 and 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


Migration across national borders reflects the conditions of an ever-changing world. Its impacts include the sharing of cultural knowledge across geography and across ethnic and community boundaries. Migration also encourages accommodation, both from the hosting communities and the new arrivals. This shifting landscape may spark both positive and negative emotions, as hosting communities and migrants experience tensions arising from cultural intersections and differences.

Against the backdrop of the American political landscape of 2017, these issues have grown in urgency, timeliness, and importance. Contemporary folklore sits at the intersection of arts, humanities, and social justice, and we invited participants to explore these issues from diverse perspectives through a New York State lens.

Presented in a roundtable format, this gathering included perspectives from traditional artists, community members, folklorists, and human service providers.

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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Refugees enrich our communities with their skills, dreams, and aspirations.
NYFS supports continued
resettlement in the United States.

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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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