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The New York Folklore Society offers a unique collection of books and gifts that explore, explain, and celebrate folklore and folk art.

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We have books for both professional folklorists and for folklore enthusiasts who enjoy reading folklore collections. We offer unique, hand-crafted gifts and affordable folk art made by folk artists who practice their crafts, as traditionally learned. We also have a diverse offering of folk recordings.

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Old Stone Walls
Catskill Land and Lore
Norman J. Van Valkenburgh
Purple Mountain Press, 2004

Stone walls are relics left by previous generations to record their history on the landscape of the Catskills. Those with dignity are followed confidently by land surveyors trying to solve puzzles woven into old and faded deeds. Along the way they meet those characters who are a part of the lore of the mountains and other surveyors — some with character and some without. It’s all here in the narratives of one who roamed these hills looking for lost corners and boundary lines and found people, vistas, and experiences worth remembering.

ITEM #126
Paperback, 112 pages, 6 x 9 inches.    $12.50

*Member Price    $11.25

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Traditional Recipes and Food Customs from New York’s North Country
©2000, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York

National first place winner of the Tabasco Community Cookbook Award for 2000. Folklorist and celebrated cook Lynn Case Ekfelt has researched communities in northern New York to produce this fascinating cookbook with 25 chapters—consisting of essays on food events, traditional family recipes, historical profiles and photographs. Chapters on food types including wild game, maple syrup, apples, fish, and cheese recipes; ethnic communities, including the Amish, Italian Americans, African Americans, and Mohawks: and community events such as firemen’s field days, church suppers, and county fairs.

ITEM #121    Spiral bound, 352 pages, ISBN 0-9678774-0-7   $24.95

*Member Price     $22.45


Cover of  Folksongs of the Catskills bluebar400Folksongs of the Catskills
A Celebration of Camp Woodland

As music director of Camp Woodland, outside of Phoenicia, NY, during the 1940s, Herbert Haufrecht helped collect the songs published in Folk Songs of the Catskills (Norman Cazden, Herbert Haufrecht and Norman Studer, eds., ©1982 by SUNY Press, Albany, NY). Geoff Kauffman worked with Herb’s widow, Betty, in 2000 to coordinate contemporary singers and recording dates to bring these songs to CD—songs of a mountain culture for which music remained important in everyday life. Artists include Pete Seeger, Bob and Louise DeCormier, Joe Hickerson, Kauffman, Ronnie Gilbert, Joanna Cazden, Happy Traum, Jay Ungar, Molly Mason, Mickey Vandow and Eric Weissberg. Songs include "The Arkansas Traveler," "The Maid on the Shore," "The Hills of Glenshee," and 14 more.`

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ITEM #203       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50

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Songs of the Erie Canal

George Ward

As George Ward wrote, "The building of the Erie Canal, through the wilderness of central New York in the years following the War of 1812, worked a transmutation on that wilderness, on the state itself, and on the course of United States history...Its opening in 1825 inspired a number of odes, marches, art songs and recitations. These were formal compositions, a high-culture celebration...At the same time, the canal spawned a subculture of toil...of human labor." The work of the boaters, the engineers, the diggers and others inspired the songs that tell the American legend of the Erie Canal. George Ward sings the songs, plays concertina, five-string banjo, six and twelve-string guitars and bass guitar.

For a list of tracks, click on cover photo

ITEM #205       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50

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Stan Ransom and Marne O’Shae

The "North Country" is a region which includes northeastern New York State, Lake Champlain Basin, and Vermont. The songs and tunes on this recording reflect the interest and history of the region. Many are variations of traditional Christmas songs. Stan Ransom, the "Connecticut Peddler" took his stage name from the itinerant peddlers from Connecticut who traveled about dispensing goods and notions in the 19th century. He plays a 12-string Alvarez guitar, 1926 Model A mandolin, autoharp and dulcimer. Marne O’Shae plays a 6-string guitar. ©1994.

For a list of tracks, click on cover photo

ITEM #211       CD      $15.00

*Member Price      CD       $13.50


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The Membership Magazine of the New York Folklore Society
Give the gift of membership!

Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore features articles, stories, interviews, reminiscences, essays, folk poetry and music, photographs and artwork from people in all parts of New York State. The magazine also publishes peer-reviewed, research-based articles, written in an accessible style, on topics related to traditional art and life, including ethnic culture.

Give the gift of membership and introduce your friends and family members to a community involved with folklore, folklife, the traditional arts, and contemporary culture.

ITEM #401       Basic membership (U.S. residents)      $45
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ITEM #401a       Basic membership (residents outside the U.S.)      $50 (includes $10 to cover foreign postage)
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ITEM #406       Full-time Student or Senior (65+) membership (U.S. residents)       $25
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ITEM #406a       Full-time Student or Senior (65+) membership (residents outside U.S.)       $35 (includes $10 to cover foreign postage)
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ITEM #407       Joint membership (2 or more at same address in U.S.)       $55
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ITEM #407a       Joint membership (2 or more at same address outside U.S.)       $65 (includes $10 for foreign postage)
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bluebar400Hand-carved Songbirds by Ben Raino

Handcarved wood with applied glass eye and metal feet. Mount of wood.

Ben Raino’s carving has won awards, including first prize in the Mohawk Valley Art and Wood-Carving Association’s annual show. His abilities as a storyteller have earned him membership in the "Adirondack Liar’s Club." Ben is a gifted arts educator who is in demand for workshops and elderhostels. Each hand-carved songbird is a one-of-a-kind.

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ITEM #302
Cardinal 8" X 6"         $45.00

*Member Price         $40.50

Other birds available by special order.

Various prices: $45-$260.00

Pysanky goose egg bluebar400Pysanka Goose Egg by Ionel (John) Paltenea

Pysanka Goose Egg by Ionel (John) Paltenea. Raised wax. Stand not included. Design and color varies. Click on photo to see larger image

Pysanka Goose Egg         $300.00

*Member Price         $270.00



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