Annual Meeting October 10-12:

Marshall, Missouri -- Show Me Wonders


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The annual meeting of the Missouri Folklore Society will be in Marshall, right in the heart of the state, on October 10, 11, and 12.  Please note that this is a couple of weeks earlier than our usual date

Here's the draft program for the 2019 meeting in Marshall, October 10-12

Click here for the Call for Participation -- those of you who have organized a meeting before, you know what a nailbiting experience it is, putting together a program! We hope to hear from lots of you, and soon!

Click here for the Registration form


This year’s date was chosen to give participants an opportunity to visit festivals in nearby Arrow Rock or Blackwater.  Arrow Rock will be celebrating its 51st annual Heritage Craft Festival on October 12 (10-5) and October 13 (10-4), and Blackwater’s Fall Festival will be October 12 (8-4).

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Our sessions will be held in the Martin Community Center, an easily-reached and accessible building on Marshall’s south side.  The building also holds the Nicholas Beazley Aviation Museum, which has   excellent exhibits heralding the achievements in airplane design, pilot training, and more that took place in Marshall in the earliest years of aviation.  Tours of the aviation museum will be offered during our meeting, and the facility will be open for exploration.


This year’s meeting theme is “Show-Me Wonders,” in recognition of one of Marshall’s most famous former residents, Jim the Wonder Dog.  Papers or presentations related to Jim and other dogs with miraculous abilities are particularly invited, as are papers related to any aspect of air travel, but we welcome proposals for papers relating to any aspect of Missouri or regional folk life, including local history and traditions.  Storytelling performances are welcome, as are presentations and discussions of traditional crafts.  Explorations of more contemporary folklore and myth-making are also invited (“Game of Thrones,” anyone?), and exploration of folk music is always particularly welcome.  Bring your instrument and your friends, and we’ll find a space for you to jam.

Jim the Wonder Dog hunting trip  Jim the Wonder Dog

Watch for a more formal call for papers and performances.  In the meantime, please send inquiries or draft proposals to this year’s conference organizer, Barbara Price at

We understand that Marshall motels fill in the fall, so you’re encouraged to reserve your rooms now.  We have a block of discounted rooms at the [recommended] Comfort Inn (660)886-8080 and the Super 8 (660)886-3359.  Both are located close to the community center, and both offer complimentary breakfast.  The Comfort Inn also offers accessible rooms and other amenities.  Prices of rooms will range from $79 at the Super 8 to between $95 and $99 at the Comfort Inn. 

We look forward to welcoming you to Marshall next fall.  Please give your preferred motel a call as soon as possible, and if you have questions or suggestions, don’t hesitate to contact Barbara Price


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