The Missouri Folklore Society: Ongoing projects
Various of our members are collecting lore and stories. Use the links below to contact the editor, and to contribute. Remember, knowledge that is in only one person’s head is an endangered species. Or, as the African proverb has it, “when an old person dies, a library burns down.”
A new project: Irvin Rice is collecting items of folk humor, especially traditional practices like the shivaree (charivari) and practical jokes. You can write him at 3507 Mt. Ranier Dr., Louisville, KY 40241 or call (502) 423-0266 (Irvin refuses on principle to use email).
Adam Davis is collecting narratives of great practical jokes: were you the victim, the perp, or you just heard the story?
Outhouses: a form of utilitarian vernacular architecture
By request: we’re starting a page on Missouri/Midwestern proverbs…