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

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



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.

The Missouri History Museum is pleased to announce the completion of processing work on the Francis T. Guelker Log Cabins Collection. The collection was assembled by Guelker between 1992 and 2007 and contains photographs and research documenting log structures within 100 miles of St. Louis, in both Missouri and Illinois. Log cabins are the predominant building type, but other structures such as barns, corn cribs, sheds, smokehouses, and churches are also included. Construction dates are not provided for every building, but range from the 18th century through the late 20th century.

Guelker’s research represents an avid collector’s interest in anything related to log buildings. Photographs taken by Guelker show interior and exterior views of a variety of log structures. Accompanying background information is quite varied and includes correspondence with the owners, newspaper and magazine articles, pamphlets or booklets from historic sites, flyers advertising events held in log buildings, and typed notes documenting Guelker’s log building-related phone calls and in-person visits. This information sheds light on the history of the buildings and on the families that built them and owned them. Guelker’s records also document the work of those who professionally restore log buildings and reconstruct buildings that have been moved, including Ray Prouhet, Tim Kilby of the County Gentleman, and Bill Hacker.

Catalog records and a full finding aid can be accessed through the Missouri History Museum’s Cross Collections Search:






Roger Jungmeyer has successfully completed the daunting nomination process to add two Missouri churches to the National Register of Historic Places. Click here for reports from the Columbia Daily Tribune.

George and Linda McCollum have written a history of the Lamine School. Click here for details.

Philip Howerton's Ozark-based poems are available on Click here to read about History of Tree Roots.



Of special interest:

Howard Marshall and Lyn Wolz contributed to this story of Ada Belle Cowden Matteson, early folklorist

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

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)


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;

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