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NYFS Newsletter—Back Issues

The New York Folklore Society Newsletter and New York Folklore Journal were replaced by Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore which debuted in December, 2000. Here, you’ll find excerpts here from selected newsletters. Select an issue below to read a sampling from the 20-page quarterly publication which featured news and articles about folklore and folk arts in New York State and about the activities of the New York Folklore Society.

Available now: Past newsletters are available in PDF format. Click on the link to see the full newsletter.

Fall/Winter 1999:
Meet the NYFS Board: Cecily Cook • “West Side Stories: Memories of a Saratoga Neighborhood” by Mary Ann Fitzgerald • “Bang, Bang, You’re Dead: The Play Paradox” by Steve Zeitlin
Fall/Winter 1999 PDF (Vol. 20, No. 2): Includes VOICES: “Manhattan Cowgirl” by Rosetta Garfield with Hanifah Bermudez, Atrion Raimundi, Aaron Coore, and Deon Pierre • “Black Cowboys” by Bennie J. McRae, Jr. • “Authenticity and Kitsch” by Eniko Farkas

Spring/Summer 1999:
Meet the NYFS Board: Dan Berggren • “Sharon Springs Spa: Landscape of Memory” by Ellen McHale • “Tony” by Steve Zeitlin
Spring/Summer 1999 PDF (Vol. 20, No. 1): Includes VOICES: “The Puerto Rican Year: Celebration and Community Identity” by Kate Koperski • “La Fiesta de la Cruz de Mayo” • “Fiesta de Mayo Songs” contributed by Karen Canning • “I Think the Baby’s Got Malocchio—Evil Eye as Faith” by Michael A. Charles • “The Great Horning on Conlon Road” Clarence Maher interviewed by James Kimball

Fall/Winter 1998:
Farewell from the Executive Director • Meet the NYFS Board: Kathleen Condon • “With Greenspace for All” by Laura Hansen and Steve Zeitlin • “Herbert Haufrecht, 1909-1998” by Virginia Scheer
Fall/Winter 1998 PDF (Vol. 19, No. 4): includes VOICES: “Stories from Camp 13: Just a Good Old Catskill Mountain Hunting Camp” by Melissa Ladenheim • “Tales of the Catskill Bear Hunters” by Harold Thompson • “In the Bear Den” by Harvey Carr • “The New Game Warden” by Bill Smith • “Wild Game Cooking” Kay Kennedy, Gus Hedlund, and Edith Bills (compiled by Varick Chittenden and Karen Taussig-Lux) • “Wholesome Winter Weather” Elisha Risdon (submitted by Varick Chittenden) • “Wintering in the Adirondacks” • “C Train Delivery” by Joe Caracciolo
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Summer 1998:
Meet the NYFS Board: Elsie Freeman Finch • “Eniko Farkas: Community Scholar” by Karen Taussig-Lux and Deborah Clover • “Waiting for Go Dot” by Steve Zeitlin
Summer 1998 PDF (Vol. 19, No. 3): includes VOICES: “Tales of an Island: Fishing and Fisherman on Long Island’s East End” John Eilertsen with stories contributed by Stewart Lester and Johnny Collins • “Crossing the Border: Stories of the 56ers” by Eniko Farkas • “Mark Hamilton: Old-Time Fiddler, Caller, and Singer” Karen Canning and Mark Hamilton

Winter/Spring 1998:
Meet the NYFS Board: David Quinn • “The Queens Folklorist: Reflections on a Folk Arts Program” by Ilana Harlow • “A Mile in Claire’s Shoes” by Steve Zeitlin • “Island Sounds in the Global City”
Winter/Spring 1998 PDF (Vol. 19, No. 1-2): includes VOICES: “Rolling Syrian Grape Leaves” by Mary Jweid Bates and Sharon Bates • “Solomon and the Djinn” Interview with Mohamed Ishamel by Ilana Harlow • “Safeguarding Tradition: Reggie Jones, Jones Beach Lifeguard” Interview with Reggie Jones by Nancy Solomon • “Remembering Anna McKee” by Peter Voorheis • “Lindy Hopping at the Savoy: The Man Who Invented the Aerial”

Fall 1997 (PDF) (Vol. 18, No. 3)
“Meet the NYFS Board: Gretchen Sorin” • “Mind-Builders’ Community Folk Arts Program” by Madaha Kinsey-Lamb • “Coney Island: Building on the Memories” by Steve Zeitlin • “Eulogy for Bruce R. Buckley” by Langdon Wright • VOICES: “The Finns of the Southern Finger Lakes: Coffee and Pulla with Hilma and Olga” • “Pazamentry” by Jack Tepper • “Amsterdam’s Caribbean Cultural Arts Festival” • “Mind-Builders Community Folk Arts Program: Voices from the Interns” • “Night of the Wild Hunter” by Catherine Charron LaBier • “The Whale on the Erie Canal” by Francis Caraccilo • “Captain Billy and the Whale” by George Ward

Summer 1997 (PDF) (Vol. 18, No. 2)
“Meet the NYFS Board: Peter Voorheis and Mary Zwolinski” • “Nonsense” by Steve Zeitlin • “Kids’ Research Helps Shape Community Project Exhibitions and Programs at the Brooklyn Children’s Museum” by Kathleen Condon • “Folklore from the Seventh Grade: Dewitt Middle School, Ithaca, NY” by Deborah Clover • VOICES: “Just for Fun: The Games People Play in Geneva” by Jennifer Haskell

Spring 1997 (PDF) (Vol. 18, No. 1)
“Meet the NYFS Board: Mary Kay Penn & Elly Shodell” • “Following Eyes” by Art Horton (as told to Peter Voorheis) • “Catskill Folklore Discovered: The Delaware County Folklore Collection at the Hartwick College Archives” by Bethany E. Caird • “The Silent Macarena” by Steve Zeitlin
Festivities at Rincon Criollo (Photograph courtesy of City Lore)

“There are no gazebos, and no cappuccinos are served at the Rincon Criollo casita and community garden in the South Bronx. But on any given day, while midtown crowds lunch, stroll, or listen to music on the “great lawn” of Bryant Park, the members of Rincon Criollo, their friends, and anyone who happens by perform and teach bomba and plena music, play dominoes, or tend their communal vegetable garden.” Read about Rincon Criollo in “With Greenspace for All” by Steve Zeitlin and Laura Hansen.
Winter 1996 (PDF) (Vol. 17, No. 4)
“Meet the NYFS Board: Ellen Elizabeth McHale and Todd Scott DeGarmo” • “Cultivating Variety: NYFS’ 1996 Fall Conference” by Nancy Groce • “Happy 90th, Allen, O.K.?—A Tribute to Former NYFS President Allen Walker Read” by Deborah Clover • “Ray Fadden and the Six Nations Iroquois Museum” by Dick Case • “Death and Stories” by Steve Zeitlin

Fall 1996 (PDF) (Vol. 17, No. 3)
“A Lullaby from Edith Cutting” • “Fifty Pound Ice Cubes Cool Trainers: A Report on a Successful Mentorship” by Phil Whitney • “Science As a Well Worn Coat” by Steve Zeitlin • “History Happened Here — City Lore Conference on Preservation” • “Park Jam in Schenectady — The Community Partners Traditional Arts Project” by Mary Zwolinski • ”Jeffrey C. Yuen — Bridging East and West, Past and Present” by Teri Chan and Cecily Cook

Summer 1996 (PDF) (Vol. 17, No. 2)
“Forum Report: The Sacred and Secular Arts” by Ilana Harlow • “The Ballad of Gary Kasparov and Deep Blue” by Steve Zeitlin • “The Evolution of a Columbia County Apple Farm Stand” by Elmer Stahlman (as collected by Todd DeGarmo) • “Recording Traditonal Music: A Producer’s Point of View” by Peter K. Siegel • “The Folk Archives Project: Transfer Issues” by Ellen Garrison and Karen Taussig-Lux

Spring 1996 (PDF) (Vol. 17, No. 1)
“A Place in My Memory” by Betty Remis • “The 1995 New York Folklore Society Fall Conference — "Colliding Truths in the Interpretation of Culture"” by Melissa Ladenheim • “The Community Cultural Initiative: A Developing Model for Cultural Programs Grows at the Ethnic Folk Arts Center” by Tom van Buren

Winter 1995 (PDF) (Vol. 16, No. 4)
“African-American Quilting” by Gloria Battle • “Aunt Betty and the Life-Saving Cow Manure Remedy” by Edith Bills • “Beyond the Multi-Cultural Approach: Improving How We Serve Communities and Audiences” by Kathleen Condon

Fall 1995 (PDF) (Vol. 16, No. 3)
The Heritage Movement in New York State: “The Mohawk Valley Heritage Corridor” by Karen Taussig-Lux • “NY State’s Scenic Byways Program” by Nancy Solomon

Summer 1995 (PDF) (Vol. 16, No. 2)
“WPA — Lessons About Public Arts Funding” by Steve Zeitlin • “Photographers & Folklore: Nicole Keys, Troy, NY” • “Allen Walton: A Homer of the Road” by Amy Godine

Spring 1995 (PDF) (Vol. 16, No. 1)
“Folklife and Farm Life Forum at Delaware County Historical Association” by Riki Saltzman • “Patience Has Its Virtues...And Waiting Its Rewards” by Varick Chittenden

Fall/Winter 1994 (PDF) (Vol. 15, No. 3-4)
50th Anniversary Issue: “The Founders: Harold W. Thompson and Louis C. Jones ” • “Presidents: Marvin Rapp, Bruce Buckley, Bill Nicolaisen” • “Honorary Vice Presidents: Carl Carmer, Walter D. Edmunds, Ben Botkin” • “Executive Director: John W. Suter”

Summer 1994 (PDF) (Vol. 15, No. 2)
“Interview with Daniel Franklin Ward, NYFS President 1987-1993” by Peter Voorheis • “The Crown Heights History Project” by Kathleen Condon • “Ethnic Resorts of the Catskills: A Project, a Process, a Product” by Janis Benincasa

Spring 1994 (PDF) (Vol. 15, No. 1)
“The Georgetown, TX Creative Playscape: Folklore & Community Action” by Deborah H. Clover • “Folklore & Storytelling: Notes on the NY Folklore Forum” by Amanda Dargan

Winter 1993 (PDF) (Vol. 14, No. 4)
“Looking American: The Ethnicity of the Cultural Fieldworker in Latin America” by Benjamin Salazar Romero • “Twelve Ties to Tradition: Model Making in New York City” by Kathleen Condon

Fall 1993 (PDF) (Vol. 14, No. 3)
“The Art of Joseph Mender” by Karen Taussig-Lux • “Beyond Mobility: Tony Colasurdo’s Fish Mobile” by Karen Frick • “Loved for the Love of It” (Review of the Conference—For the Love of It: Traditional Arts in the Community) by Gail Turi

Summer 1993 (PDF) (Vol. 14, No. 2)
“Indian Camps and Upstate Tourism” by Todd DeGarmo • “Walt Meade: A Catskill Mountain Legend 1915-1993” by Janis Benincasa, Catherine Schwoeffermann, and Mary Zwolinski

Spring 1993 (PDF) (Vol. 14, No. 1)
“Beyond the Ring: The Art & Culture of Boxing” by Mary Zwolinski • “Bridging Eastern Parkway • “UNESCO & the Global Conservation Culture or, I Found the Child Ballads! Part II” by Kathryn M. Kimiecik

Winter 1992 (PDF) (Vol. 13, No. 4)
“Somos Boricuas: A Dream Fulfilled” by Roberta L. Singer • “Heritage, Folklore, Cultural Conservation & Policy or, What Ever Happened to Child Ballads? Part I” by Kathryn Kimiecik • “In Country: Folk Songs of Americans in the Vietnam War—Review” by Nancy Groce

Fall 1992 (PDF) (Vol. 13, No. 3)
“Watershed: Folklore and Public Policy” by John Suter • “Photographers & Folklore: Marion Faller, Buffalo”

Summer 1992 (PDF) (Vol. 13, No. 2)
“Benjy Melendez Watches Over the Bronx” by Steve Zeitlin • “Karl Amor, Artist & Friend” by Mary Zwolinksi • “Photographers & Folklore: Martha Cooper, Manhattan”

Spring 1992 (PDF) (Vol. 13, No. 1)
“America’s Industrial Heritage Project” by James Abrams and Kathy Kimiecik • “The Easter Basket: A Melting Pot Tale from a Third Generation Immigrant Town” by Maryann Ondovesik • “Photographers & Folklore: Drew Harty, Treadwell, NY”

Winter 1991 (PDF) (Vol. 12, No. 4)
“Multiculturalism: Beyond the Buzzword” by Steve Zeitlin • “Henry Street Folklore” by Peter K. Siegel • “A Model Festival: South Street Seaport Explodes with Model Boat Builders” by Kathleen Condon

Fall 1991 (PDF) (Vol. 12, No. 3)
“The Tin Sculpture of Joseph Schoell” by Mary Zwolinski • “Community Self-Preservation” by Janis Benincasa • “Las Casitas: An Urban Cultural Alternative” by Betty-Sue Hertz

Summer 1991 (PDF) (Vol. 12, No. 2)
“Vincenzo Ancona: Poet of Two Worlds” by Anna Chairetakis and Joseph Sciorra • “African American Senior Citizens’ Traditional Singing Project” by Peter K. Siegel • “In Wood and Stone” by Tim Weidner

Spring 1991 (PDF) (Vol. 12, No. 1)
“A Living Cultural Heritage” by Steve Zeitlin • “Foxfire in New York: The Empire State Teachers’ Network” by Judy Kugelmass • “Louis C. Jones (1908-1990)—In Memoriam” by Bruce Buckley

Winter 1990 (PDF) (Vol. 11, No. 4)
“Families and Museums: Some Thoughts on Programming” by Ted Lind • “Farm Work & Fair Play”

Fall 1990 (PDF) (Vol. 11, No. 3)
“Who Owns Mickey? Musings on Disney and Folk Tradition” by Steve Zeitlin • “Made With Passion: The Hemphill Folk Art Collection”

Summer 1990 (PDF) (Vol. 11, No. 2)
“Eelskin Laces and Willow Creel: Orleans County Folk Arts”

Spring 1990 (PDF) (Vol. 11, No. 1)
“Storytelling” by Steve Zeitlin • “The Giglio: Brooklyn’s Dancing Tower”

Winter 1989 (PDF) (Vol. 10, No. 4)
“The Last Beer Garden” by Steve Zeitlin • “'Every Bird Has Its Own Story'” by Melissa Ladenheim • “Made in Troy” by Ellen McHale

Fall 1989 (PDF) (Vol. 10, No. 3)
“A Mouthful of Soap” by Frank N. Potter • “Endangered Spaces” by Maria Green • “Photo Notes for Folklorists” by Martha Cooper

Summer 1989 (PDF) (Vol. 10, No. 2)
“Technical Photo Notes for Folklorists” by Martha Cooper • “Polish American Easter” by Kate Koperski • “Some Thoughts on City Play” by Amanda Dargan and Steven Zeitlin

Spring 1989 (PDF) (Vol. 10, No. 1)
“Folk Arts and Museum Collections” by Jackie Day • “Technical Photo Notes for Folklorists: Camera Selection” by Martha Cooper • “City Lore ’89” • “‘Living on the Bay’ Spring Meetings of the New York Folklore Society”

Winter 1988 (PDF) (Vol. 9, No. 4)
“From the Delta to the DMZ: Folksongs of the Vietnam War” by Lydia Fish • “Old Traditions — New Sounds” by Rebecca Miller • “Student Exploration of Ethnic Culture in Brooklyn” by Linda Wagner

Autumn 1988 (PDF) (Vol. 9, No. 3)
“Upstate New York Halloween Project Documents Thriving Tradition” by Deborah Blincoe • “Waves: People and Culture on the Lower East Side” by Barbara Kirschenblatt-Gimblett

Summer 1988 (PDF) (Vol. 9, No. 2)
“The Spring Meeting: Two Great Days Before the Mast” by Thomas Walker • “Principles of Professional Responsibility” • “The Strange Case of the Silver Lake Sea Serpent” by Kathy Kimiecik

Spring 1988 (PDF) (Vol. 9, No. 1)
“Folk Arts in Education” by Kathleen Mundell • “WMI African Heritage Tour” by Ray Allen

Winter 1987-88 (PDF) (Vol. 8, No. 4)
“Shared Memories in a Vietnam Veteran’s Art” by Varick A. Chittenden • “Old-Time Music Makers of New York State” by Simon J. Bronner • “City Lore — 25 Years Later” by Steven Zeitlin

Fall 1987 (PDF) (Vol. 8, No. 3)
“The New York City Lullabies Project” by Julia Lebentritt • “Two Military Folklore Collections” by Les Cleveland • “Taking Pride Exhibit Features Finger Lakes Artists” by Daniel Franklin Ward • Ethnic Folk Arts Center’s 12th Queens Fest • Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett Edits Jewish Foodways Collection

Summer 1987 (PDF) (Vol. 8, No. 2)
“A Year in the Life of a Folklorist” by Joyce Ice • “Public Sector Folklorists Discuss Issues in Ithaca Forum” • “Miniatures of the Upper Delaware” by Deborah Blincoe • “A Kind of Movieteller” • by Steven Zeitlin • “Ethnic Folk Arts Center Presents ‘Cherish The Ladies’ Tour” by Natasha Bushnell Suter • “The Reader’s List”

Spring 1987 (PDF) (Vol. 8, No. 1)
“Goddesses and their Offspring” by Catherine Schwoeffermann • “The Reader’s List” • “Folk Art’s Many Faces on Exhibit at Fenimore”

Winter 1986 (PDF) (Vol. 7, No. 4)
“Projections for 1997: New York Folklore’s Volume XIII” by Phillips Stevens, Jr.• “A Call for Recipes” • “A Community of Believers: The Shakers of Watervliet” by Betty Shaver and Ellen McHale • “An Accessible Aesthetic: The Role of the Folk Artist in the Curriculum” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett

Fall 1986 (PDF) (Vol. 7, No. 3)
“New York Folklore Society Takes Stock” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett• “Ethnic Folk Art Center to Host Winter Festival” • “The Freelancer’s File: Don’t Sell Yourself Short” by Chris Holder • “Interview: Robert Baron, Director of NYSCA’s Folk Arts Program” by Dan Ward • ”On Filmmakers and Folk Artists” by Steven Zeitlin

Summer 1986 (PDF) (Vol. 7, No. 2)
“Fall Meeting in Buffalo” • “Queens Ethnic Music and Dance Festival” • “President’s Letter” by Lydia Fish • “City Lore: Minority Report” by Steven Zeitlin • ”‘Follow My Footsteps’ The Hallockville Folk Arts Project” by John Eilertsen

May 1986 (PDF) (Vol. 7, No. 1)
“NYFS Receives Grants“ • “Artists Salute Statue of Liberty” • ”Governor’s Award Honors Folk Theatre” • “Report: Folklorists in New York” by Daniel Ward • “One Year Later: NYSCA’s Folk Arts Program” by Paula Tadlock Jennings

December 1985 (PDF) (Vol. 6, No. 4)
“New Organization Features Urban Folklore“ • “Lawn Shrines and Sidewalk Altars of New York ’s Italian-Americans ” by Joseph Sciorra

August 1985 (PDF) (Vol. 6, No. 2)
“NY Folk Artist Honored: Periklis Halkias“ • “Italian Folk Music On Tour ” • “NYFS to Hold 1985 Meeting: Ithaca” • “New York Folklore Celebrates 40th Anniversary” • “All Your Problems Stay in the Dressing Room: Sauna in Central New York” by Melissa Ladenheim

May 1985 (PDF) (Vol. 6, No. 1)
“Lost Community Recreated“ • “Religious Shrines To Be Studied” • “Ethnic Center Receives Ford Grant” • “Seminars to Feature American Culture” • “Woodsmen, Mountaineers, and Bockies: The People of the Ramapos”

December 1984 (PDF) (Vol. 5, No. 4)
“NYSCA Begins Funding Program for Folk Arts“ • “Exhibit Features Artists of the Southern Tier” • “Suburban Lore Focus of Conference” • “Folk Arts Apprenticeships Awarded” • “City Lore Honors Baron” • “‘Thirty Below and Four Feet of Snow’: Winter in New York” by Varick A. Chittenden

July 1984 (PDF) (Vol. 5, No. 2)
“New York Artists Awarded Heritage Fellowships by NEA“ • “What’s Cooking?” • “Joe Heaney: Cultural Ambassador” by Michael Moloney • “Threaded Memories: A Family Quilt Collection”

April 1984 (PDF) (Vol. 5, No. 1)
“Stony Brook Catches the Tune“ • “Health Beliefs Probed” • “Jewish Folklore Featured at Conference” • “Art in Urban Play”

October 1983 (PDF) (Vol. 4, No. 3)
“Religious Folk Art Exhibited“ • “NYC Folk Artist Receives National Award: Papa Manteo” • “NYFS Sponsors Music Performances” • “NYSCA Funds Apprenticeships” • “Underground Art” by Paula Tadlock Jennings • “Mare and Foal Chosen As Logo”

July 1983 (PDF) (Vol. 4, No. 2)
“Folk Artist Apprenticeships Funded“ • “International Council for Traditional Music to Meet in NYC” • “Cooperstown Exhibits Folk Art” • “Conference to Feature Italian Folklore: Utica” • “From Teacher to Student: Lithuanian Folk Weaving”

March 1983 (PDF) (Vol. 4, No. 1)
“NYSCA Funds $1/2M in 1982; Up 39% Over 1981“ • “Conference Features Vocal Traditions” • “Folk Sculpture Exhibited” • “Black Dance Celebrated in Brooklyn” • “Workshops Teach Preservation of Folk Art” • “Particles of the Past: Sandmining on Long Island”

Winter 1982 (PDF) (Vol. 3, No. 4)
“1982 In Review — Folklorist in the City“ by Yael Zerubavel, chair of the NYC Chapter of the New York Folklore Society • “NYFS Presents ‘Conversations with Quilters’ in Brooklyn” • “Program on Yiddish Folk Songs” • “Focus on...Akwesasne Museum”

Fall 1982 (PDF) (Vol. 3, No. 3)
“NYC Chapter Continues Folk Arts Presentations“ • “Psychic Healers—From Crystal Ball to Computers” by Jack Kugelmass and Andrew Sunshine • “Report from the NYFS President” by W. F. H. Nicolaisen • “Kudos to Catskill Folk Song Volumes” • “Focus on...LEGAM: A Center in Brooklyn for the Study of Diverse Musics” • ”Société Historique et Folklorique Française de New-York”

Summer 1982 (PDF) (Vol. 3, No. 2)
“Merger of New York Folklore Newsletters“ • “Manteo Sicilian Marionette Theatre” by Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett • “New York City Chapter Ends Eventful Season” by Yael Zerubavel, Chairperson of the New York City Chapter of the New York Folklore Society • “Film and Video Reviewed: Keep ’Em Flying” Reviewed by Gerald E. Warshaver • “New York State Council on the Arts Supports Folklife Activities” • “YIVO Collects Yiddish Folklore” • ” New York Folklore Society to Meet: Albany” • “Focus on...The ERPF Catskill Cultural Center” • ”Festivals and Parades in New York City”

Spring 1981 (PDF) (Vol. 2, No. 1)
“Folkculture of the Bronx“ • “Jabbour, Buckley to Speak at Workshop” • “Packbasket Film Completed”

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