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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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Maritime Folklife of New York City’s Forgotten Borough
Naomi Sturm and Daniel Franklin Ward

Fruit in the Forest: Foraging Apples and Pressing Cider in the Finger Lakes
Maria Elizabeth Kennedy

“The Golden Arm”: Collecting and Performing the Folktale
Timothy Jennings

Pageantry Puppets, Community Memory, and Living Traditions: Extending the Reach of Cultural and Educational Institutions
Kate Grow McCormick

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Ethel Raim: 2018 Bess Lomax Hawes NEA National Heritage Fellow
The Center for Traditional Music and Dance is proud to announce that its Co-Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus Ethel Raim has been awarded the prestigious National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award that recognizes artistic excellence and continuing contributions to our nation's traditional arts heritage!

Ethel has been one of the leading pioneers in researching and presenting immigrant and ethnic music and dance traditions in the United States and has assisted thousands of immigrant artists to preserve and nurture the distinctive artistic voices of their communities. Out of this year’s fellowship cohort, Ethel is the sole recipient of the Bess Lomax Hawes Award, which recognizes those who have made major contributions to the excellence, vitality, and public appreciation of folk and traditional arts. SEE NY-based NEA Fellows



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.

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Is There a Legend or Folklore That’s Unique to
Your Community?

Then Celebrate Your Intriguing Piece of Local Lore through
Our Legends & Lore Marker Program!
Apply online: June 30, 2018 or October 31, 2018

For information on how to apply and other fully funded programs:


In Harm’s Way
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!

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


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The Middle Atlantic Folklife Association (MAFA) invites you to join other folklife supporters and professionals for a morning social at 11 a.m. on Sunday, September 9, at the National Folk Festival in Salisbury, MD.

We’ll gather in the “Chesapeake Traditions” narrative stage tent on Market Street, just adjacent to Market Street Inn. Come hungry! Smith Island cake and coffee will be served. Plan to stay afterwards for a narrative stage session at 12 pm about documenting Maryland folklife. To see the festival’s full lineup, visit www.nationalfolkfestival.com.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 7, by responding to this Facebook event.

Special thanks to Lora Bottinelli at the Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art and Chad Buterbaugh at Maryland Traditions for helping to organize!

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


Listen to the Podcast: MARKING FOLKLORE
By Jessica Bloustein and Patrick Garrett
November 20, 2016

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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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