The Iroquois or Haudenosaunee are a historically powerful northeast Native American confederacy in North America. Storytelling is an important component of Haudenosaunee culture. Oral traditions and legends have been passed from generation to generation, teaching communities how to live, act, and care for one another, as well as how to manage during the unpredictable seasons. [Read more…] about Haudenosaunee Folklore & Indigenous Tales in Utica
The Buffalo History Museum is set to welcome Tyler Bagwell, local folk singer and writer, on Wednesday, November 6th, at 6 pm, for “Low Bridge, Everybody Down: Buffalo’s Story in Song.”
The program is a history of Buffalo from 1812-1912 told through the battle dirges, lake shanties, murder ballads, canal hollers, underground railroad songs, and courting tunes of that period. [Read more…] about A Folk Singer & Writer Interprets Buffalo’s History
TAUNY (Traditional Arts in Upstate New York), has invited the public to shop for products made by local artists and makers this season at the annual North Country Folkstore Holiday Showcase, set for November 2nd through December 31st at The TAUNY Center in Canton.
This showcase is a temporary expansion of the Folkstore during the holiday season and features a wide variety of additional locally-made products in The TAUNY Center’s first floor gallery space. From the expansive collection of handmade textiles, handcrafted woodwork, unique jewelry, children’s gifts, ceramics, locally made food products, and more. [Read more…] about TAUNY’s North Country Folkstore Holiday Showcase
The New York Folklore Society in Schenectady has announced a retrospective exhibit of Ithaca artist Mary Michael “Folk Art Mary” Shelley, set to open on Friday, October 4th. Works in the show will span 30 years and chart the development of the artist’s work.
An opening reception featuring an artist meet and greet, carving demonstration and light refreshments is set for 3 to 5:30 pm. [Read more…] about Mary Michael Shelley Exhibit Opening at NY Folklore
Edelweiss Schuhplattlers of the Utica Maennerchor are set to perform several traditional German/Austrian folk dances at the Oneida County History Center (OCHC) on Saturday, May 11th at 1 pm.
The public is invited to watch the dancers and may be offered the chance to learn a few steps. [Read more…] about Edelweiss Schuhplattlers Folk Dancers May 11 in Utica
TAUNY, Traditional Arts in Upstate New York, is set to host their TAUNY Folklife Fair: Celebrating 25 Years of North Country Heritage Awards on Sunday, October 28 from noon to 5 pm, with a closing concert by the Fraser Family Friends at 4:15 pm, at The TAUNY Center in Canton.
Over 25 years, TAUNY has recognized 129 individuals, groups, places, and events representing the array of traditions that make the North Country special. The Folklife Fair, held this year in place of TAUNY’s annual Salute event, will feature over thirty past award recipients and friends sharing their traditions with the community through demonstrations of material, visual, food, and musical arts, award-themed refreshments, and further hands-on activities and learning experiences. [Read more…] about TAUNY Marking 25 Yrs of Heritage Awards at Folklife Festival
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has invited communities across New York State to celebrate folklore with fully funded commemorative signage through its Legends & Lore roadside marker grant program. Launched in partnership with the New York Folklore Society, the Legends & Lore program is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as an important part of our cultural heritage.
The Pomeroy Foundation is now accepting applications for the program’s latest grant round. Application materials for Legends & Lore markers are available on the Foundation’s website. The deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. [Read more…] about NY Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Grants Available
The William G. Pomeroy Foundation’s statewide Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, which promotes cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore, is currently accepting applications. [Read more…] about Grants Available to Mark Legends & Lore Locations
Actually, it wasn’t.
Washington preferred Madeira, a fortified Portuguese wine from the island of Madeira.
Why the false start to our weekly exploration of history?
In this episode of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast, Gregory Dowd, a Professor of History and American Culture at the University of Michigan, leads us on an exploration of rumors, legends, and hoaxes that circulated throughout early America. You can listen to the podcast here: www.benfranklinsworld.com/091
In Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired Stagolee, John Henry, and Other Traditinal American Folk Songs (Cornell University Press, 2015), Richard Polenberg describes the historical events that led to the writing of many famous American folk songs that served as touchstones for generations of American musicians, lyricists, and folklorists.
Those events, which took place from the early nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries, often involved tragic occurrences: murders, sometimes resulting from love affairs gone wrong; desperate acts borne out of poverty and unbearable working conditions; and calamities such as railroad crashes, shipwrecks, and natural disasters. All of Polenberg’s accounts of the songs in the book are grounded in historical fact and illuminate the social history of the times. [Read more…] about The True Tales That Inspired American Folk Songs