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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.



K. O. Wilson
Delaware County, NY

Exhibition of Current Trains

Mr. Wilson’s photographs are taken at remote locations along hundreds of miles of railroad tracks. Unique beyond the generally unseen view of Mr. Wilson’s work is vibrancy that is post-mainstream photography. He employs shooting in low-light conditions, directly into the sun, and upon colorless landscapes.

Gallery of New York Artists at
the New York Folklore Society

129 Jay Street
Schenectady, NY 12305

A selection of model trains of various scales will also be on display during Mr. Wilson’s exhibit. The model trains are provided by the Mohawk Valley Model Railroad Company, 2037 Hamburg St., Schenectady.

Exhibit Dates:
September 27 through October 24, 2015

Meet the Artist:
Sunday October 4, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Free to the Public

The New York Folklore Society’s “Artist in the Gallery” series is supported by Schenectady County Initiative Program

NYFS Director Ellen McHale
Visits China...
Read more here.
Ellen in China



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Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of Thoroughbred Racetracks lorna-chavez-backstretch

Many North Country residents have enjoyed a day at the Saratoga racetrack, where the spectacle is the excitement of the race and the fancy dress of the spectators. Folklorist Ellen McHale has spent years behind the scenes at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks, getting to know the workers who care for the horses, out of the public’s sight. What she found was a tight-knit community, whose love for the animals in their care is the basis for a rich occupational culture. That research is the subject of an exhibit now on display at The TAUNY Center. The exhibit consists of photos, quotes from the workers featured presented in English and Spanish, and artifacts from the backstretch.

The exhibit will remain on display July through early November. Curator and NYFS Director Ellen McHale will join TAUNY for a reception in early fall. Watch for details.

13th Annual Building Block Party You’re invited to join the Downtown Schenectady Improvement Corporation (DSIC) and hundreds of guests to enjoy one of downtown’s biggest annual parties, featuring fantastic food from dozens of restaurants, a super silent auction, wine pull and presentation of the 2015 Building Block Awards. Honorees for 2015 are: Centre Street Pub, New York Folklore Society, Schenectady County Public Library – Central Branch, Schenectady Rotary Club, and YMCA Schenectady.


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Farm and Field: The Rural Folk Arts of the Catskill Region
Photography by Benjamin Halpern

August 25–October 10, 2015
Liberty Public Library
189 N Main St, Liberty, NY 12754
September 20, 2015
Harvest Festival, Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts
200 Hurd Road, Bethel, NY 12720
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 New York Folklore Society’s 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....
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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 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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