The Missouri Folklore Society

The Missouri Folklore Society was organized December 15, 1906, "to encourage the collection, preservation and study of folklore in the widest sense, including customs, institutions, beliefs, signs, legends, language, literature, musical arts, and folk arts and crafts of all ethnic groups throughout the State of Missouri."

snailmail: P.O. Box 1757 Columbia, MO 65205


A message from Lisa Higgins, Director of the Missouri Folk Arts Program:


Hello, friends and fans of folk arts, folklife and folklore in Missouri.


I’m writing to let you know that the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has launched a “Junior Folklorist Challenge” for kids 8-18 years old. In each entry, the junior folklorist must identify a tradition bearer and share that tradition bearer’s story “following the Folklorist Process.” Here’s a link directly to the challenge with instructions, guidelines, submission details and deadline (May 26, 2014).


I think this looks pretty cool, and so many of you know (or are) fascinating tradition bearers. Surely you know a bonafide (or would be) junior folklorist in your midst (or ask one of your local teachers).


If you do know anyone who enters from Missouri, would you also please keep me in the loop?


Cheers, Lisa

<HigginsLL at>



 It is with the deepest regret the society reports the death of our longtime friend, and past president,

Dr. John Schleppenbach


Susan Lee Pentlin

MFS also mourns the passing of past president Susan Lee Pentlin, on Christmas Day 2013.



News about MFS people: Clyde Faries has a new book out...George Caudle's giving a talk on lasers.

The Civil War in Missouri is a travelling exhibit co-sponsored by the Missouri Humanities Council and the Missouri History Museum


Send the webmaster your notes and queries about folklore, folklife and related subjects.

Now accepting submissions for Missouri Folklore Studies, an online archive of occasional papers on the traditions of Missouri and its residents.

our most recent additions:

MFS' Howard Marshall writing in the Old Time Herald on "Rhonda Vincent and Missouri’s Old-Time and Bluegrass Crossroads"

Pyles, Lida. It Happened in the Ozarks. Dylan Pyles, grandson of this Missouri folklorist, has generously agreed to make this rare book available online via the Missouri Folklore Society.


We have opened a page for you to share your observations, documentation or get answers to your Mo Folklore questions. Click here for Notes and Queries.


Students -- apply for the Dolf and Becky Schroeder prize in folklore!


New or renewing member?

Click here for the membership form (.pdf to print and mail)


Links especially for members of MFS


Click here for a listing of ongoing and developing projects and folklore collections to which you can contribute.


Support your Missouri Folklore Society: music and opportunities to donate


Click here to send a note to the newsletter editor on Missouri folklore, folklife or folkarts people and events;

please note: the Missouri Folklore Society will not share its membership list with any individual or organization, nor do we accept paid advertising.


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The Missouri Folklore Society Journal

The Missouri Folklore Society Newsletter

Our main page of links: regional and national folklore organizations, genres, reference and online collections

Calendar of Upcoming Missouri folklore and folklife events

Editor's choice: sites especially worthy of a Missouri folklorist's attention

Missouri Folklore Studies: an online archive of occasional papers, essays and documentation

Resources for educators and students



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