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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.
1944             Celebrating 70 Years of Service to New York State             2014
The New York Folklore Society fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of
New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.

Voices cover Fall Winter 2013

Help the New York Folklore Society in its 70th year
Each year, we seek to work
with ever more communities in New York State and to increasingly impact people with our mission to foster and support traditional arts and culture in New York. We rely upon our supporters and members to make us more effective. Please spread the word about the good work that the New York Folklore Society does, and let us know how we can better serve you in your community.

SEE Executive Director Ellen McHale on Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.
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Visit the New York Folklore Society’s
Gallery of NY Traditions for your Holiday Shopping!

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129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY
Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

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Mark your calendars for December 13 for the 11th Downtown Schenectady’s Annual Holiday Open House!
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Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!

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Henry Arquette receives the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for 2014Henry Arquette and Jane Chu at NEA awards

NEA Heritage Fellow Henry Arquette with NEA Chairman Jane Chu. Photo by Tom Pich. Photo courtesy of NEA.
On September 17, 2014, Henry Arquette received the highest award that this nation offers to folk and traditional artists. A maker of utilitarian baskets held in high regard by his Haudenosaunee Mohawk community, Henry Arquette was one of nine award honorees for 2014, and the only artist from New York State to receive the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award for 2014. READ more from the Director’s Column in Voices Fall-Winter 2013.

Ask the New York Folklore Society about opportunities for Mentoring and Professional Development
Technical assistance and professional development opportunities are now available from the New York Folklore Society, through support from the New York State Council on the Arts, Folk Arts Program. Support is also available for travel to attend conferences or to observe a colleague or fellow artist. Sound interesting? Contact Lisa Overholser at the New York Folklore Society or read more here.

A Folklorist’s Look at the Changing Demographics of Schenectady and the Mohawk Valley

Presented by Dr. Ellen McHale,
Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society

Saturday, 12/13 at 2:00 p.m.
At Mabee Farm Historic Site

1100 Main Street
Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150

Admission $5; Free for members of the Schenectady County Historical Society


Stable Views:
Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack
Based upon research by NYFS Executive Director, Ellen McHale, through an Archie Green Fellowship in Occupational Folklore from the Library of Congress, this exhibition portrays the workers in the “backstretch” of the thoroughbred racetracks. Through photographs and their reflections of work in their own words, it portrays the work and workers behind the scenes within thoroughbred racing. The exhibition features the paintings of Sarah Camele Arnold, handmade objects by riders and trainers, and video. At The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls through December 2014. Read more...

Exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his
tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility,
Photo of exercise rider, Roger Horgan, checking his tack at the Palm Meadows Training Facility, Florida. Photo by Ellen McHale.
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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. 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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