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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.

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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.


MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term) Recovery), the New York Folklore Society, and AmeriCorps VISTA, were proud to sponsor The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Reflection on Service: Stories of Hurricane Irene on Monday, January 20, 2014, at the Middleburgh Reformed Church, Middleburgh, NY. We collected and recorded stories of the storm and the recovery effort so that New Yorkers of the future will have a better understanding of the storm’s impact, the residents’ will to survive, and the efforts of volunteers from across the region and the country to assist the community rebuild. Read more...

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SEE Executive Director Ellen McHale on Schenectady Today, February 25, 2014.

In 2014, NYFS launched a
MEMBER NEWSLETTER emailed to to keep members informed of all our upcoming events and program. Have you received yours?
New York Folklore Society to Partner with the Society for The Association for the Study of Play (TASP) for their 2014 Annual Conference: “Connecting the Past, Present, and Future”

April 23-26, 2014, at The Strong, One Manhattan Square, Rochester, NY 14607


TASP is a multidisciplinary organization that promotes the study of play, support and cooperate with other organizations having similar purposes, and organize meetings and publications that facilitate the sharing and dissemination of information related to the study of play. TASP’s broad focus includes many disciplines and scholarly interests, including folklore and anthropology.

With a shared interest in folklore and play, it is appropriate that the New York Folklore Society partner with The Association for the Study of Play for their 2014 conference. NYFS will be sponsoring our own presentations, and we plan to offer at least one gathering specifically for NYFS members.

NYFS members are invited to register for the conference at the TASP member rate. In honor of TASP’s 40th anniversary, they also invite New York Folklore Society participants to attend their 40th birthday bash. You can find registration and conference information here. NYFS will co-host the opening reception and present a panel, “The Folklore of Play,” on Thursday morning (April 24). We will provide more details specific to the New York Folklore Society as they become available. Questions? Call Ellen or Lisa at 512.346.7008.

NYFS Wins Grant from Erie Canalway
      ◊  ◊   Celebrating Music and Dance in Brockport in May  ◊  ◊   
The New York Folklore Society proudly announces the receipt of a Canalway grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor for a partnership project with the Erie Canal Museum (Syracuse) and the Village of Brockport for a “Day of Music and Dance.” The project will provide a range of activities for audiences that draw on canal history but that also has the potential to use that history to reach out to new audiences along the canal. The Day of Music and Dance will celebrate the canal’s importance in creating communities along the Canal that have contributed to traditional music and dance culture in New York State. Timed to coincide with the opening of the Canal in Brockport, NY, the award to NYFS was announced at a press conference in Albany on February 18, 2014. NYFS Director Ellen McHale said: “The New York Folklore Society is thrilled to have the opportunity to work on this project with the Village of Brockport and the Erie Canal Museum, as it strengthens our mission to support the traditional arts of the entire state of New York. A collaborative project like this that unites institutions literally along the length of the canal simply wouldn’t have been possible without support from Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor.”
Grant from Erie Canalway for 2014
From left: Congressman Paul Tonko; NYFS Executive Director Ellen McHale; Bob Radliff, Acting Executive Director, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor; and Brian Stratton, Director, NYS Canal Corporation.

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Limited number of shares available for $250. Find out how you can support traditional artists, the New York Folklore Society, and receive 6 pieces of traditional folk art from New York State based folk artists over 6 months.

Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region

An exhibition of rural images, taken by photographer, Benjamin Halpern, was on display at Delaware County Maple Weekends (March 21–23; March 29–30).

Photo by Ben Halpern
Photo by Benjamin Halpern. See Voices 38:1–2: “Sullivan County’s Diehl Homestead Farm

“Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region” is one of the New York Folklore Society's latest collaborative initiatives to document and showcase the rural folk arts of the Catskills region of New York State, especially those folk arts which relate to the community of farmers and agricultural workers in this region. Read more....


The New York Folklore Society was at Arts Advocacy Day, March 25, 2014

Hosted by Americans for the Arts and co-sponsored by 85+ national arts organizations, National Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America’s cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington DC to meet with their members of Congress in support of issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

70th Anniversary Membership

NYS Folklife Reader:
Diverse Voices

READ the Review in CHOICE: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries (Vol. 51, No. 7, March, 2014)

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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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