In Memory of John Michael Vlach

June 21, 1948-October 30, 2022


“In Memory of John Michael Vlach: June 21, 1948-October 22, 2022.” New York Folklore, vol. 48: 1-4, 2022, pp. 84-85.


Early in his career, John was elected as a Fellow of the American Folklore Society, a group that recognizes the field’s leading scholars. His folklore scholarship alerted academics across the social sciences and humanities to the power of cultural expression in our lives. He was especially effective in the areas of art and architecture, helping scholars and the public appreciate the significance of America’s folklife. Many of his published studies continue to be required reading for university courses.

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