What are the dynamics of cultural equity and how does a community encourage its own cultural arts? Ellen McHale, Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society, will speak about the 21st century demographics of Schenectady and the Mohawk Valley and will provide some thoughts towards a culturally inclusive community on December 13th, at the Mabee Farm historic Site.
Dr. Ellen McHale has served as the Executive Director of the New York Folklore Society since 1999. She holds a PhD in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and has served as a Fulbright Fellow at the Institute for Folklife Studies at the University of Stockholm, Sweden. Dr. McHale has also been a folklore and oral history consultant to numerous cultural institutions, including the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife, the Robert Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, and the Albany Institute of History and Art. She currently serves as a trainer for the Veteran’s History Project for the Library of Congress and has assisted the project in developing a guide for best practices.
This program will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 2 pm at Mabee Farm Historic Site, 1100 Main St, in Rotterdam Junction. Admission is $5.00, free to members of the Schenectady County Historical Society.
For more information visit schenectadyhistorical.org or contact Mary Zawacki at 518-887-5073