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Legends and Lore
pomeroy-375 William G. Pomeroy Foundation

We are in our 3rd 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. We’ve funded more than 35 markers since starting the program.

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, 2018 or October 31, 2018

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-913-4060.

folklore marker

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

There are historical markers all over the world. They are typically signs, placards or statues denoting some important bit of history that occurred in a particular place. But in some places, history and lore are heavily intertwined. New York State is trying something new to reflect this powerful connection. Listen here. Also available free on Itunes.
lore-inmemoryThe Duanesburg Historical Society dedicated the new Legends & Lore marker Saturday morning, October 28, 2017. Thank you to the New York Folklore Society and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation!

October 28, 2017—We were at the dedication for the new New York Folklore Society sign in Esperance, New York for the Esperance Witch. Presented by the Esperance Historical Museum, the new sign is along Schoharie Creek on the east side of the village along Historic Route 20. At this same site stood an impressive covered bridge. The Esperance Witch was said to have been a French imigrant whose husband had died, she did not speak English. The townspeople thought she puts spells on children, rang milk out of dishcloths and walked on water across the creek. She was shot with a silver bullet!

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