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The New York Folklore Society offers a unique collection of books and gifts that explore, explain, and celebrate folklore and folk art.



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We have books for both professional folklorists and for folklore enthusiasts who enjoy reading folklore collections. We offer unique, hand-crafted gifts and affordable folk art made by folk artists who practice their crafts, as traditionally learned. We also have a diverse offering of folk recordings.
Please note: Because some items are handmade and in limited quantity, not all items may be available. In-store sales may impact product availability on line. Photos may be representational of the artists’ works. If you have any questions before your purchase online, please call our office at 518/346-7008.

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Old Stone Walls
Catskill Land and Lore
Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
Purple Mountain Press, 2004

Stone walls are relics left by previous generations to record their history on the landscape of the Catskills. Those with dignity are followed confidently by land surveyors trying to solve puzzles woven into old and faded deeds. Along the way they meet those characters who are a part of the lore of the mountains and other surveyors — some with character and some without. It’s all here in the narratives of one who roamed these hills looking for lost corners and boundary lines and found people, vistas, and experiences worth remembering.

ITEM #126
Paperback, 112 pages, 6 x 9 inches.    $12.50

*Member Price    $11.25


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THE POETRY OF EVERYDAY LIFE: Storytelling and the Art of Awareness
by Steve Zeitlin
Cornell University Press, 2016
Foreword by Bob Holman

Part memoir, part essay, and partly a guide to maximizing your capacity for fulfillment and expression, The Poetry of Everyday Life taps into the artistic side of what we often take for granted. Folklorist, writer, and cultural activist, Steve Zeitlin explores how poems serve us in daily life and how they are used in times of personal and national crisis. He explores meaning and experience, covering topics ranging from poetry in the life cycle to the contemporary uses of ancient myths. Steves says, “This convergence of poetry and folklore gives birth to something new: a new way of seeing ourselves, and a new way of being in the world.”

The Poetry of Everyday Life chronicles poems inspired by the streets of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. Through these poems the folklorist Steve Zeitlin helps us look for beauty and art in everyday life. In the tradition of Walt Whitman, Woody Guthrie, and Bob Dylan, Zeitlin embraces poetry as the way each of us expresses our inner self and tells our own story.”—William Ferris, author of The South in Color

ITEM #Z0417
6"x 9" hardcover, 280 pages   $26.00

Member Price    $23.40

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Traditional Recipes and Food Customs from New York’s North Country
©2000, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York

National first place winner of the Tabasco Community Cookbook Award for 2000. Folklorist and celebrated cook Lynn Case Ekfelt has researched communities in northern New York to produce this fascinating cookbook with 25 chapters—consisting of essays on food events, traditional family recipes, historical profiles and photographs. Chapters on food types including wild game, maple syrup, apples, fish, and cheese recipes; ethnic communities, including the Amish, Italian Americans, African Americans, and Mohawks: and community events such as firemen’s field days, church suppers, and county fairs.

ITEM #121    Spiral bound, 352 pages, ISBN 0-9678774-0-7   $24.95

*Member Price     $22.45


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Adirondack Memories
Bill Smith with the Newton Street Irregulars

Bill Smith is known throughout the Adirondacks and beyond as a master of various traditional arts of the region. He performs a wide repertoire of stories and songs about local life. On this CD, joining Bill on vocals and guitar are the Newton Street Irregulars comprised of Dan Berggren on guitar, harmonica and vocal; Carmen Gilman on autoharp, spoons, and vocal; Dick Gilman on dulcimer, fiddle, jaw harp, and vocal; and Steve Warner on banjo, mandolin and vocal. Includes “Scottish Bill MacLean,” “The Round Oak Stove,” “The Cow Clippers,” “The Bumble Bug Rag,” and many others.

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ITEM #239       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50

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Songs of the Erie Canal

George Ward

As George Ward wrote, "The building of the Erie Canal, through the wilderness of central New York in the years following the War of 1812, worked a transmutation on that wilderness, on the state itself, and on the course of United States history...Its opening in 1825 inspired a number of odes, marches, art songs and recitations. These were formal compositions, a high-culture celebration...At the same time, the canal spawned a subculture of toil...of human labor." The work of the boaters, the engineers, the diggers and others inspired the songs that tell the American legend of the Erie Canal. George Ward sings the songs, plays concertina, five-string banjo, six and twelve-string guitars and bass guitar.

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ITEM #205       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50

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Stan Ransom and Marne O’Shae

The "North Country" is a region which includes northeastern New York State, Lake Champlain Basin, and Vermont. The songs and tunes on this recording reflect the interest and history of the region. Many are variations of traditional Christmas songs. Stan Ransom, the "Connecticut Peddler" took his stage name from the itinerant peddlers from Connecticut who traveled about dispensing goods and notions in the 19th century. He plays a 12-string Alvarez guitar, 1926 Model A mandolin, autoharp and dulcimer. Marne O’Shae plays a 6-string guitar. ©1994.

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ITEM #211       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50


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The Membership Magazine of the New York Folklore Society
Give the gift of membership!

Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore features articles, stories, interviews, reminiscences, essays, folk poetry and music, photographs and artwork from people in all parts of New York State. The magazine also publishes peer-reviewed, research-based articles, written in an accessible style, on topics related to traditional art and life, including ethnic culture.

Give the gift of membership and introduce your friends and family members to a community involved with folklore, folklife, the traditional arts, and contemporary culture.

ITEM #401       Basic membership (U.S. residents)      $45
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ITEM #401a       Basic membership (residents outside the U.S.)      $50 (includes $10 to cover foreign postage)
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ITEM #406       Full-time Student or Senior (65+) membership (U.S. residents)       $25
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ITEM #406a       Full-time Student or Senior (65+) membership (residents outside U.S.)       $35 (includes $10 to cover foreign postage)
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ITEM #407       Joint membership (2 or more at same address in U.S.)       $55
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ITEM #407a       Joint membership (2 or more at same address outside U.S.)       $65 (includes $10 for foreign postage)
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Fence Post Loon by Grant Van Loan (18-1/2 in. long, of painted locust)

Handcarved by Grant Van Loan. The artist experiments with the use of weathered barn boards and timbers, incorporating patterns in wood to suggest the texturing feathers.

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ITEM #3110
Fence Post Loon         $195.00

*Member Price         $175.50

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Pysanka Goose Egg by Ionel (John) Paltenea. Raised wax. Stand not included. Design and color varies. Click on photo to see larger image

Pysanka Goose Egg         $300.00

*Member Price         $270.00



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