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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.


READ the Albany Times Union report by Wendy Liberatore
Folklore Society Preserves Culture
Karenni weavings, Latino music and Battenkill River stories don’t seem to have much in common. But folklorists know they do. They all are cultural expressions that are communally shared and thus embody a way of life. If not appreciated and carefully preserved, these unifying expressions could become extinct. New York Folklore Society is ensuring that does not happen... Read the interview here.

Commemorating Legends and Folklore in New York State

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.

Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE

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SAVE THE DATE! Cultural Migration:
Displacement and Renewal

A Conference of the New York Folklore Society
September 9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University

immigrant artists

Migration across national borders reflects the conditions of an ever-changing world. The impacts of migration include the communication and sharing of cultural knowledge across geography and across ethnic and community boundaries. Migration also engenders 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.

The New York Folklore Society will explore the topic of migration and its impacts upon cultural information and cultural arts from a New York State lens. Details will be forthcoming.

Visit the Gallery of New York Artists at the NYFS

New York Folklore Society

129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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SHOP NY Traditions Online
Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!

NYSCA and NYFS present
A Dance Showcase:
No Experience Necessary: Social Dancing
in the Southern Tier

New Date!
March 12, 2017, 1:00-4:00 p.m
Jamestown Community College
260 N. Union Street Olean, NY 14760

A program of the NYSCA Upstate Folklife Survey and Program Development – A Partnership with the New York Folklore Society

The program is FREE and open to the public.

1-3 p.m. Swedish, contra, and Seneca dancers and musicians discuss and demonstrate traditional social dances. Attendees will be invited to learn a simple dance with each group.

Featuring: Contra dance: Joe and Karen Kwiatkowski, Barbara Dyskant, and others; Swedish dance: Thule Lodge Swedish Folk Dancers and Svenska Spelmän; Seneca dance: Allegany River Indian Dancers.

3 p.m. Presentation by folklorist Hannah Davis on her documentation of traditional arts and culture in Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Chautauqua counties. Attendees will see photos from fairs, festivals, and interviews with tradition-bearers.

3:15 p.m. Q&A and feedback from participants. This is the public's opportunity to to guide future fieldwork conducted in this region. Who else should we be aware of? Are there traditions or events that are not documented but should be?

3:45 p.m. Media Availability: Dancers, musicians, and Folklorist Hannah Davis

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

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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NYS Council on the Arts
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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