FOLK ARTS & CULTURE: Traditional Music & Dance
Remembering PETE SEEGER 1919–2014
Photo: Martha Cooper
It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of friend and longtime New York Folklore Society member Pete Seeger. Pete contributed in
many ways to the conversations and discussions of the Society. It was
not uncommon for us in the New York Folklore Society office to receive
periodic postcards with words of encouragement or praise—always
signed “Pete” and sporting his trademark hand-drawn banjo. This
written correspondence could be for a journal article which he
particularly appreciated, congratulations on a Society-sponsored
program, or an idea for the Society to pursue.
His unannounced visit to the New York Folklore Society’s offices on
May 12, 2013, before his Schenectady appearance at the
the Eighth Step Coffeehouse, was unfortunately our last exchange with
this folk music legend.
Pete Seeger’s involvement in the Society dates to at least the early
1950s, when he frequently attended and performed at New York Folklore
Society conferences and gatherings, or contributed to our journal, New
York Folklore Quarterly. He was always quick to draw one’s attention
to someone other than himself, and his support for up-and-coming
legendary among folk musicians. He lived his convictions and was a
model for us all. He will be missed.
—Ellen McHale, NYFS Director
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