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."
Start planning now for the annual meeting -- next year in Kirksville, home of Truman State University, November 3-5. Call for participation will come in the summer of 2016.
Tickets on sale now for the 25th annual Big Muddy
Festival, April 1-2 in Boonville
Your help needed: a message from Jim Vandergriff --
I want to prepare a journal issue on Missouri collectors. Specifically, I’d like to include reprints of the articles we have previously published on various collectors, but preface them all with short introductory essays on their collection methods. That will necessitate the writers visiting the various archives and looking at the collectors’ own discussions. Specifically, I’d like to have articles on how Max Hunter, Ward Dorrance, Mary Alicia Owens, Maud Williams Martin, and perhaps Townsend Godsey, actually did their collecting. I’d also like to include Vance Randolph, which would mainly require looking at his published books, as he often commented on his methods therein. For those of you who teach folklore, this might be an opportunity for your students as well. I had planned to do this myself, but am not currently able to travel.
Please let me know if you want to help out. Vanderj42@yahoo.com
Of special interest:
Members -- here's a printable .pdf of the society's trifold brochure
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)
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
please note: the Missouri Folklore Society will not share its membership list with any individual or organization, nor do we accept paid advertising.
last updated 2-8-16
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