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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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It’s an exciting time for NYFS as we reinvigorate our network and expand our impact across the state through our services and programs for the folklore field and traditional artists. Our members have been the heart and soul of the New York Folklore Society for more than 70 years, and your involvement is important to us!

Coming Soon!

From Trapper’s Cabin To Festival Stage: The Evolution of an Adirondack Storyteller

Varick A. Chittenden

Crossing Cultures
Thomas J. MacPherson

You’ll See Our Tracks: The Raquette River Dams Oral History Project
Camilla Ammirati

Gouging Tradition: Musings on Fingernail Fiddle Making
Eric L. Ball

And columns by Dan Berggren, Joseph Bruchac, Molly Garfinkel, Elena Martânez, Jennifer Morrissey, Nancy Solomon, Libby Tucker, and Steve Zeitlin and book reviews by Frieda Toth and Nancy Scheemaker.

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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Cultural Migration: Displacement and Renewal

A Program of the New York Folklore Society
September 8–9, 2017
The Castellani Art Museum of Niagara University


Register Online: $25 Members; $30 Non-Members

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

Against the backdrop of the American political landscape of 2017, these issues have grown in urgency, timeliness, and importance. Contemporary folklore sits at the intersection of arts, humanities, and social justice, and the planned community workshop will invite participants to explore these issues from diverse perspectives through a New York State lens.

Presented in a roundtable format, this gathering will include perspectives from traditional artists, community members, folklorists, and human service providers.

For more information, call us at 518/346-7008 or email us at info@nyfolklore.org

Funding by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and by Humanities New York.

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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
Contact your Congressperson today: Ask them to support the NEA and NEH!

Cutting federal funding for the arts and humanities will hurt everyone. The impact won’t be short-term. There are many arguments for continuing support for the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), two federal agencies slated to be eliminated in the President’s 2018 budget and crippled in his recommended 2017 budget. As someone involved in the arts for my entire life, I am alarmed by the short-sightedness of this action. . . .
Read the entire message here

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

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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.

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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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