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





Planning is now underway for the 2015 meeting, November 12-14 in Jefferson City.


Click here for the Call for Participation, and also for your Membership form and Registration for the meeting. Decide whether you’d like to organize a full session, a panel, or a single paper – of course there are other ways to help out – just be there. Come with a story or song to share. Here are the driving directions. See you there!




A tribute to Master Fiddler Lloyd Lalumondier, by Howard Marshall


Kent Bone dit Bone shares the Old Mines tradition of Franco-African tales of  Compère Bouki pi Compère Lapin


Kent Bone dit Bone shares memories of the devastating 1917 cyclone that tore through the Mineral Point area.

The 2015 Ozarks Symposium is focused on "The Lure of the Ozarks." Deadline for proposals is April 30.

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A 25th anniversary edition of John Smelcer’s The Raven and the Totem: Alaska Native Myths and Legends, has been published by Neil Delmonico’s Naciketas Press, with cover art by Rusty Nelson, of Truman State. The book carries original forewords by Joseph Campbell and Alan Dundes and illustrations by Larry Vienneau.


Naciketas Press

715 E McPherson

Kirksville, MO, 63501


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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

last updated 7-13-15



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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