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The New York Folklore Society
70 Years of Service

We’re Asking for Your Support Going Forward!

Dear Friend of the New York Folklore Society,

The New York Folklore Society serves as a vital support organization for folk and traditional culture in New York State. Each year, we work to sustain folk and traditional culture in New York by providing important assistance to folk and traditional artists, folklorists, and organizations who have folk and traditional arts and culture at the core of their missions.

This year, we have initiated two new programs:
  1. An artist development program for “newcomer” artists representing New York’s newest residents from Burma, Somalia, and Bhutan
  2. A climate change initiative documenting how New Yorkers have responded to our changing weather patterns, in collaboration with Long Island Traditions and Schoharie Area Long Term Recovery (S.A.L.T. Recovery).
These programs add to our ongoing:
  • Technical assistance/professional development offerings;
  • Publication of Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore;
  • A school-based cultural documentation program working with Schenectady’s middle school population; and
  • Completion of a Catskills documentation project in partnership with Catskills Folk Connection.
Now entering our 71st year, NYFS continues to assist organizations, folk culture workers, and artists to build capacity and achieve greater excellence. The New York Folklore Society is the only statewide organization dedicated expressly to assisting with the preservation, documentation, and continuance of New York’s diverse traditional cultural expressions. By bringing focus to the traditions of our state’s diverse communities, we work to continue these traditions for subsequent generations of New Yorkers.

We are asking for your assistance, as we need YOU to help us to continue to do this important work.

Our plans for 2015 include:
  • A revival of the NYFS “forums,” providing informal, issue-focused regional gatherings;
  • The 2015 New York State Folk Arts Roundtable to take place in May; and
  • A student-focused conference to take place in New York City in the fall of 2015.

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Our “Newcomer” project will continue to forge linkages between artists. Our exhibition, Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack will be leaving its current home at Crandall Library in Glens Falls and will travel to Flushing Town Hall (Queens) and then to Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (Canton).

Please look for us as we hope to connect with many of you, our supporters, with additional programs throughout the year.

Best wishes,
Ellen McHale, PhD
Executive Director, New York Folklore Society

The New York Folklore Society: 70 Years of Service
We at the New York Folklore Society thank you for your support and look forward to working with you in 2015. Here are a few highlights from 2014, a busy and productive year:

Technical Assistance and Professional Development:

NYFS partnered with SALT (Schoharie Area Long Term) Recovery and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to train volunteers in the techniques and methodologies of oral history interviewing to capture the narratives of those impacted by flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and those who volunteered to assist in the recovery efforts. NYFS is working to ensure an archival home for recorded narratives, as well as collaborating with Long Island Traditions for a national exhibit on responses to climate change and weather events which will open in 2016.

In conjunction with the Veteran’s History Project of the Library of Congress, the New York Folklore Society conducted a July, 2014, oral history training at Hogansburg, NY for volunteer interviewers interested in capturing the experiences of Haudenosaunee Mohawk Veterans.

The annual New York State Folk Arts Roundtable, took place in Troy, NY, in December 2014. A program of the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, the NYS Folk Arts Roundtable is a professional development program for those involved in folk arts documentation and presentation in the state. The Roundtable, held in collaboration with the Sanctuary for Independent Media in Troy, attracted more than 40 participants from throughout New York State.


In collaboration with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Schenectady, NYFS worked throughout November and December 2014, within Central Park Middle School’s Afterschool Program to explore cultural approaches to health. Working with middle-school age youth in a folk arts in education format, NYFS Folklorist, Lisa Overholser, explored health, wellness, and diet from diverse cultural perspectives.

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Around the State

In March 2014, in collaboration with Catskills’ Maple Weekends, a New York Folklore Society sponsored photographic exhibition on Catskill’s dairy heritage by photographer, Benjamin Halpern, debuted at two Delaware County locations.

In June 2014, the New York Folklore Society participated in Schenectady’s Kids’ Arts Festival, with support for hands-on demonstrations of henna art and making traditional “bibbi,” or fans, by members of Utica’s Somali Bantu community.

A Sundays on the Canal Series, in collaboration with the Town of Brockport, presented local and regional artists for an Erie Canal themed performance series in July and August 2014. This series was supported by a grant from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, and was presented in collaboration with the Erie Canal Museum, Syracuse.

Stable Views: Voices and Stories from the Thoroughbred Racetrack opened at The Folklife Center of Crandall Public Library, Glens Falls, in August 2014 with viewing through December 2014. This exhibition is funded in part by the Alfred Z Solomon Trust, and the New York Council for the Humanities. It will travel to Flushing Town Hall, Queens and Traditional Arts of Upstate New York, Canton in 2015. A portable version will also travel to China in March 2015, to be viewed at the New York Institute of Technology, Nanjing Campus.

Best wishes,
Ellen McHale, PhD
Executive Director, New York Folklore Society
Laurie Longfield, Gallery and Voices Manager
Todd DeGarmo, Voices Acquisition Editor
Patti Mason, Voices Copy Editor and Website Administrator

The New York Folklore Society suggests several ways that you can show your support for the folk arts and traditional culture of New York State:
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    The New York Folklore Society needs your support NOW to help us to remain fiscally sound. We are committed to providing services in a manner that conveys respect for the dignity of the individuals and cultural communities which we serve. We value the rights and needs of all New Yorkers to express and practice the artistic and cultural traditions that are part of New York’s story. We fulfill our mission through publishing Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, through our Mentoring and Professional Development Program for Folk and Traditional Arts, through our Community Cultural Documentation Youth Development Program, and through our many and varied conferences and gatherings. We need your tax-deductible SUPPORT today! Please DONATE.

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