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SCHENECTADY COMMUNITY CULTURAL DOCUMENTATION PROGRAM
In collaboration with
the Schoharie River Center

A summer enrichment program for youth in Schenectady, NY
Summer 2012

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Schenectady Community Cultural Documentation Program

2012 Summer Community Documentation Program Completed Successfully

In its second year, the New York Folklore Society’s Schenectady Community Cultural Documentation Program again collaborated with the Schoharie River Center for a six-week summer employment training program. (See 2011 program photos here). Besides learning skills of scientific inquiry through their studying the water quality of the Schoharie Creek and its watershed, 19 teens from Schenectady also worked with NYFS folklorists Ellen McHale and Lisa Overholser to learn ethnographic documentation skills. In this unique collaboration between a cultural organization and an environmental organization, NYFS and SRC worked with the young people to document their watershed community through community cultural documentation with camera and recorder, and through water quality monitoring (chemical, biological, and physical) pursued through their work at the Schoharie River Center.Schoharie River Center.

The students documented community historians, traditional craftspeople, and cultural practices over the six-week program. During the six-week period, the teens collected oral histories and documented some of the arts connected to individuals’ use of the Schoharie Creek in Montgomery County. In hands-on activities, the teens learned about fly fishing and fly tying, interviewed members of the local chapter of Trout Unlimited, and documented the work of fly rod maker, Douglas Moody.

This collaborative program will continue throughout the 2012–2013 school year with support from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts. Please contact the New York Folklore Society for further information about our ongoing Community Cultural Documentation Program.

Here are a few pictures from the program:
Summer Community Documentation Program
NYFS folklorist, Lisa Overholser, teaching interviewing skills
with our summer interns.
Braided rug artist Belle Thompson
Braided rug artist, Belle Thompson, working with documentation
intern, Sapeca, at the 2nd Annual Schoharie River Day Celebration
Doug Moody
Doug Moody, Demonstrating the art of bamboo fly rod making.
Fly-Casting Workshop
A Fly-Casting Workshop
Fly rod maker Douglas Moody teaching fly casting to one of the youth summer interns.
Fly rod maker Douglas Moody teaching fly casting to one of the youth summer interns.
comdoc3Project staff member, John David Iseman, demonstrating the techniques of videography.
Project staff member, John David Iseman, demonstrating the techniques of videography.


A collaborative project of the New York Folklore Society and the Schoharie River Center,
with support from the William Gundry Broughton Charitable Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.

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