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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.


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!

Ask the New York Folklore Society about opportunities for
Mentoring and Professional Development
Around the State Link to Calendar
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
Museum at Eldridge Street presents
Jane Jacobs Centennial Lecture: Adam Gopnik
6:30 p.m., Museum at Eldridge Street, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, NY 10002, 212.219.088

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Long Island Traditions announces
Working the Waters – Long Island’s Baymen and Fishermen
Long Island Traditions Executive Director Nancy Solomon
7 p.m., Smithtown Library, One North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787

Friday, September 30, 2016
Flushing Town Hall announces
Orlando Marin — The Last Mambo King
Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration
8:00 p.m. (Mambo Dance workshop at 7 p.m.), Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard (at the corner of Linden Place), Flushing, NY 11354

Saturday, October 1, 2016
ArtsWestchester announces
Remedy Opening Reception at ArtsWestchester:
An Arts & Crafts Beer Fest
2 p.m., ArtsWestchester, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY



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STABLE VIEWSA moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing



See author Ellen McHale
interviewed on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region (11/24/15)
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


Visit the Gallery of New York Artists at the NYFS

New York Folklore Society
129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
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Folk art, CDs, books, handmade gifts! Find that unique gift for someone special!

SEE “Railroad Phaintings!” with K. O. Wilson on Schenectady Today

pomeroy-375William G. Pomeroy Foundation

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 at www.wgpfoundation.org
June 30, 2016 and October 31, 2016

FOR MORE INFORMATION: The William Pomeroy Foundation at info@wgpfoundation.org or 315-476-3000 x2576.

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




The New York Folklore Society, in collaboration with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, is pleased to announce that Hannah C. Davis is serving as the Upstate New York Regional Representative for Folk Arts. A native of Noblesville, Indiana, Hannah holds a BA in Folklore and Ethnomusicology from Indiana University and an MA in Folk Studies from Western Kentucky University. Previously, Hannah worked as a program coordinator for Traditional Arts Indiana, and as an intern for the Smithsonian’s Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and the American Folklore Society.

As the Upstate Regional Representative, Hannah will carry out field research on traditional music, dance, material culture, occupational traditions, narrative, occupational folklife, and other customary practices and identify traditions and folk artists. Her service area includes the southwestern counties of Allegany, Chatauqua and Cattaraugus, and a large portion of Central New York (Tompkins, Cayuga, Seneca, Yates, Wayne, Ontario).

The New York Folklore Society is partnering with the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts for this important new position. With her assistance, NYFS hopes to better serve all of New York. Please give us a call at 518.346.7008 or email us if you’d like additional information, or if you know of an artist or cultural tradition that should be documented.

Read an interview with Hannah by Jason Baird Jackson, Director of the Mathers Museum of World Cultures at Indiana University Bloomington.

New York Folklore Society is featured in TASTE of Schenectady online magazine:
Read online at www.tasteofschenectady.com/mag.html. Click to read the August/September 2016 magazine now on this page, and find us on page 10!

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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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