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


The November meeting is upon us! Scholars, students, tradition-bearers and enthusiasts are all welcome. There's still time to come join us at Boonville. Click here for the CALL FOR PAPERS/PARTICIPATION


-A page of images from Kent Beaulne's presentation on hand-forged, iron crosses in use as cemetery markers in the Old Mines district (as presented at the 2013 meeting in Potosi).



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

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.

Of special interest:

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

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.


This page appears courtesy of Truman State University

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last updated 11-3-14



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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