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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.
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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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FROM THE DIRECTOR, Ellen McHale
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DOWNTOWN SCHENECTADY HOLIDAY BAZAAR
December 9, 11:00 a.m.‘8:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 10:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.

The new Downtown Schenectady Holiday Bazaar is 2-day outdoor seasonal marketplace featuring an array of vendors and artisans in heated tents offering original art/photography, quality crafts, holiday decorations and gifts, collectibles, homemade food, wine and beer along with local businesses and food vendors.

The New York Folklore Society will have “Artist in the Gallery“ demonstrations on both days. Saturday will feature Ellen LaQue with a hands-on program to make your own ornament. On Sunday, Beverly Cornelius will demonstration her basketmaking techniques. The “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by a grant from the Schenectady County Initiative Program. Please plan to stop by!

The bazaar will be a new featured attraction to complement the annual crowds of visitors expected to visit Downtown Schenectady’s City Hall-iday, the Chili Chowdown & Craft Brew Trail, and the Schenectady Greenmarket over this holiday season weekend.


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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

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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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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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