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Folklore & Allied Professions

Welcome to a growing reservoir of information and pathways that can lead you to more information, people, and organizations in the field of folklore and allied fields.


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Allied Heritage Tourism Organizations

Adirondack North Country Association
Terry deFranco Martino,
Executive Director
28 St. Bernard Street
Saranac Lake NY 12983
Fax 518/891-6203
E-mail: anca-martino@northnet.org

The Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) 14-county association in the North Country committed to economic improvement. Since incorporation in 1954, ANCA has worked to create a greater sense of regional identity and pride through advocacy and promotion. ANCA builds upon the region’s cultural heritage and tourism as a foundation of the economy through corridor development including recreational corridors, Scenic Byways, Blueway Trails, and heritage trails, historic preservation, and promotion of arts and crafts in partnership with a wide range of organizations. A linked website for shoppers, artisans, and retailers of the Adirondack North Country Region, which, in turn, provides links to more than 280 websites of regional shops, craftspeople, food producers and artists, as well as information on workshops, galleries, and craft shows.

Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
25 Quackenbush Square
Albany, NY 12207
518/434-1217 or 800/258-3582
Fax: 518/434-0887

The Albany Area Heritage Area Visitors Center offers an orientation and exhibits that explore the history of Albany. Its calendar lists professionally supervised children’s activities, special exhibits, lectures, local and regional arts and science displays, demonstrations and many other educational and entertaining happenings.

Cultural Tourism Initiative
Arts & Business Council of New York
A Division of American for the Arts
520 Eighth Avenue
3rd Floor, Suite 319
New York, NY 10018
Fax 212/279-5915
E-mail: info@artsandbusiness-ny.org

The Cultural Tourism Initiative (CTI) was created to stimulate economic impact in communities throughout New York City and State, through promotion of and activities in cultural tourism. ABC/NY assists all types of arts organizations in developing collaborations with the travel, tourism, retail, and hospitality industries—as well as with other cultural and business partners—in order to maximize the success of projects that attract new visitors, create jobs, and foster local pride. Made possible in partnership with the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), the program includes an annual cultural tourism workshop series and grant application process.

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor
Frank Dean, Executive Director
P.O. Box 219
Waterford, NY 12188
E-mail: Erie_Canal@nps.gov

The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor commemorates and celebrates the impacts of the Erie Canal on the creation of the American nation. The corridor collaborates with its 234 communities to protect this treasured cultural and historic resource and to promote the Erie Canal system as a recreation destination for today’s visitors. The canal schooner Lois McClure is carrying on this tradition and recapturing history as it makes its Grand Canal Journey through the New York State Canal System in 2007. The faithful replica will travel waterways that canal boats plied during the heyday of the canal era and stop at historic ports along the way. Canal communities will celebrate their distinct contribution to the canal culture by creating their own events which will embrace the arrival of the Lois McClure at their ports. Tours of the Lois McClure and interpretive presentations, wayside exhibits and educational materials will be provided free to the public at each stop.

The Erie Canal:
A Journey Through History

E-mail: info@epodunk.com

The Erie Canal: A Journey Through History is an online tour available from the ePodunk web site. This journey combines songs, historic information, post cards, panoramic photos, maps and community profiles to create a comprehensive multimedia package about the canal and its national impact. ePodunk is a privately held company based in Ithaca, NY, and founded by three journalists and a marketing executive. It has compiled more than 28,000 profiles of communities across the nation.

Greater Hudson Heritage Network
Priscilla Brendler, Executive Director
2199 Saw Mill River Road
Elmsford, NY 10523
E-mail: info@greaterhudson.org

Greater Hudson Heritage Network is a regional service organization formed to advance and to advocate the preservation and interpretation of the area’s historical, ethnic, and cultural heritages. GHHN is partnering in a 3 year major grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to share archival oral histories through radio programs, websites, mobile apps, and new media.

I Love NY — History and Culture
I Love New York, the official New York State tourism website invites you to discover something new! View a list of historic New York places, cultural sites, museums, and more. Check sites, events, itineraries.

Ithaca Farmer’s Market
PO Box 6575
Ithaca, NY 14851
(607) 273-7109
E-mail: info@ithacamarket.com

Tuesday markets are at Dewitt Park

Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday markets are at Steamboat Landing

The Ithaca Farmer’s Market is a cooperative with 165 vendors who live within 30 miles of Ithaca, New York. On the waterfront where steamboats from Cayuga Lake used to dock, the Ithaca Farmer’s Market has successfully anchored itself and has transformed a wasteland into Steamboat Landing. Built entirely by volunteer labor, the market has developed a former debris site into a beautiful, thriving community gathering place. Visitors can shop for fresh, local produce, or choose a handcrafted gift. They can listen to music while savoring a wide variety of international foods, while sitting at the picnic tables along the waterfront A tour boat moors at our dock and offers rides up Cayuga Lake.

Lake Champlain Visitors Center
94 Montcalm Street, Suite 1
Ticonderoga, NY 12883
E-mail: info@lakechamplainregion.com

The Lake Champlain Visitors Center works with regional committees to highlight the best of our area, getting information out to our visitors. For heritage tourism, click on "What to Do" and follow the "Heritage and Culture" link to find out about historic architecture, museums, and libraries in the area, as well as heritage brochures that you can download from the site.

(formerly Upstate History Alliance)
Catherine Gilbert, Executive Director 11 Ford Ave.
Oneonta, NY 13820
(800) 895-1648
E-mail: info@museumwise.org

Museumwise is a statewide membership organization provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions. Established in 1971, Museumwise is continually developing resources including online courses, traveling exhibits (with funding from the Documentary Heritage Program), workshops, grants for museum advancement, and an annual conference (Museums in Conversation) as well as an intensive training institute held each fall at Great Camp Sagamore in the Adirondacks.

New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network
474 Snell Road
Geneva, NY 14456
E-mail: info@newyorkculturalheritagetourismnetwork.com

The New York Cultural Heritage Tourism Network is a membership organization of arts, culture, and heritage attractions and venues across New York seeking to increase visitation and improve the cash position of each attraction and/or venue, and to develop and expand cultural heritage tourism for the benefit of local economies and residents, cultural and educational institutions, traveling consumers, and the travel and tourism industry. The Network is completing the first ever systematic computerized fifty-five county inventory of all arts, culture and heritage resources (2400 venues). Along with educational programming and legislative support for programs and projects. there is an extensive tour packaging program underway. Their organizational membership of over one hundred, meets bi-monthly and the general public is always welcome.

New York State office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation
Heritage Areas

NYS Heritage Area Programs
New York State Parks
Albany, NY 12238

Historic preservation is an important function for New York State Office, of Parks, Recreation & Historical Preservation. The breadth and scope of historic resources and historic preservation in New York State spans over 400 years of history, and includes Natives Americans, founding fathers, architectural masterpieces, and small town and big city Main Streets and residential neighborhoods.The Heritage Area System (formerly known as the Urban Cultural Park System) is a state-local partnership established to preserve and develop areas that have special significance to New York State. From the Great Lakes to the eastern tip of Long Island, the Heritage Areas encompass some of the state's most significant natural, historic, and cultural resources, as well as the people and programs that keep them vital. View the Heritage Development Resource Guide.

The Northern Forest Center
P.O. Box 210
Concord, NH 03302-0210
Fax 603/229-1719
E-mail: nfc@northernforest.org

The Northern Forest is the largest intact forest remaining in the eastern United States. It has been called America's First Great Forest in celebration of its 10,000 year history of people living and working in the forest. The Northern Forest Center, a non-profit organization, serves as a convener of ideas and dialogue on issues ranging from cultural heritage to economics, ecology, and community development. The Center works to foster and develop the vitality and regional identity of the Northern Forest. They support projects and networks that increase regional collaboration and citizen leadership. The Center has recently published Cultural Connections: Organizations Working with Culture and Heritage in the Northern Forest providing contact information and descriptions of groups involved in recording, interpreting, preserving, fostering and utilizing the rich heritage and culture of the Northern Forest.

Teaching the Hudson Valley
THV, Home of FDR
4097 Albany Post Road
(845) 229-9116, ext. 35
Hyde Park, NY 12538
E-mail: info@TeachingtheHudsonValley.org
Teaching the Hudson Valley (THV) aims to help teachers share with students and other educators an understanding of and love for the culture, ecology, and history of the Valley, and the tools needed to preserve it. THV makes annual curriculum development grants to schools and holds summer institutes featuring experts on the culture, ecosystems, and history of the Hudson Valley. Their website offers expanding resources for educators; join the community and check out the library of free Hudson Valley lesson plans—teacher-tested K-12 lessons and activities. Each lesson uses a significant Hudson Valley destination to teach nearly every subject. Browse plans for keyword, grade, subject, NYS learning standard, location or county. You can post new plans or variations of plans on their free community platform. Membership is free!

RiverSpark Heritage Area
Hudson-Mohawk Heritage Area

Burden Iron Works Museum
1 E Industrial Pkwy
Troy, NY 12180-5942, 518-274-5267
E-mail: info@riverspark.org

RiverSpark is a New York State Heritage Area—a place where people can come to see and enjoy natural, cultural, and historical attractions. Cohoes, Colonie, Green Island, Troy, the Town and the Village of Waterford, and Watervliet, the seven communities in this heritage area at the confluence of the Hudson and Mohawk rivers, are all fortunate that so many important historical structures remain and are being preserved for this and future generations. The theme of this area is Industry and Labor. Abundant and cheap water power sparked some of the nation’s earliest major industrial communities.


Other Allied Organizations

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READ the report Cultural Heritage Tourism: Best Practices and Key Concepts for Regional Initiatives by Dr. Ellen McHale (NYFS), Dr. Lisa Overholser (NYFS), and Dr. Daniel Franklin Ward (Erie Canal Museum).

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