Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

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Academic journal article Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore

From the Director

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As an organization, the New York Folklore Society has supported regular opportunities for professional development and convening on specific topics. Since its founding in 1944, the Society has annually supported at least one conference for the exploration of topics of relevance to the collecting and study of folklore in New York State. In our early years, the Society supported both a fall meeting which was held outside of the New York tri-State region and a spring meeting which was held in New York City. The spring meeting eventually was halted, but the fall meeting has been ongoing since our first fall meeting held in Cooperstown in 1945. In 2010-2011, the Society embarked on two new conference formats: a graduate student conference which showcases student work and the New York State Folk Arts Roundtable, a professional development opportunity, initiated by the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, which for several years was organized with the assistance of the Cultural Resources Council of Syracuse and Onondaga County. In 2011, the New York Folklore Society became the convening organization for the New York State Folk Arts Roundtable.

Within the next several months, the New York Folklore Society will be offering a variety of new opportunities for the presentation of research and the exploration of folklore in New York State. On November 2-3, 2012, in collaboration with the Erie Canal Museum and with support from the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor, the New York Folklore Society will be presenting a symposium about the varieties of musical expression found along and encouraged by the Erie Canal, both past and present. "Music of the Erie Canal" will offer scholarly presentations as well as the performance and presentation of music. Partnering with the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse, the conference will involve multiple venues and diverse opportunities to present the musical history of the Erie Canal. …

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