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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.



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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!

From Trapper’s Cabin To Festival Stage: The Evolution of an Adirondack Storyteller
Varick A. Chittenden

Crossing Cultures
Thomas J. MacPherson

You’ll See Our Tracks: The Raquette River Dams Oral History Project
Camilla Ammirati

Gouging Tradition: Musings on Fingernail Fiddle Making
Eric L. Ball

Coming Soon!
FALL-WINTER 2017/2018 VOICES



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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.
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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.


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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!

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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

View the PHOTOS FROM THE SYMPOSIUM

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, National Endowment for the Arts, and the American Folklore Society

FROM THE DIRECTOR, Ellen McHale
Contact your Congressperson today: Ask them to support the NEA and NEH!
Cutting federal funding for the arts and humanities will hurt everyone. The impact won’t be short-term. . . . .
Read the entire message here

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


 
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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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William G. Pomeroy Foundation

LEGENDS AND LORE MARKER GRANTS

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. READ MORE about the program, eligibility, grant deadlines, see photos and hear podcast.

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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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