The New York Folklore Society recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary in everyday life, bringing focus to traditions of our state’s diverse peoples. NYFS is a leading resource for folklore and folklife by disseminating research and information.
The New York Folklore Society fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of the folklore and folklife of New York's diverse communities through education, advocacy, support, and outreach.
NYFS strives to support folklorists, tradition bearers, and community scholars and to cultivate the general public’s interest in these traditions. NYFS publishes Voices: The Journal of NY Folklore biannually, sponsors annual Field Trips in which professionals in folklore and related fields join with educators and practitioners to explore the culture and traditions of the area. NYFS offers workshops and forums throughout the year, as well as offering mentoring and professional development through its technical assistance program. The NYFS Gallery of Folk Art is open daily 10-4 at 129 Jay Street, Schenectady, NY, 518/346-7008. It is a consignment folk art gallery that provides a sales outlet for folk arts from New York State. Over 65 folk and traditional artists are represented, including Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) beadworkers and basketmakers, wood carvers, quilters and other fiber artists, stone carvers, and furniture makers. We also carry hard-to-find books and traditional music in available at our online store: http://www.nyfolklore.org/about/storefrnt.html