Founded in 1913, the North Carolina Folklore Society promotes the appreciation and study of North Carolina's folklife. In its early years, members guided by Frank C. Brown of Duke University collected songs, stories, customs, and superstitions for The Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the most extensive collection of a state's folklore.
Since 1913 the North Carolina Folklore Society has worked to promote and celebrate North Carolina heritage. Folklore professionals serve our communities through policy building, legal advocacy, conflict resolution, economic development, exhibit design and curatorship, academic research, multi-media production, and classroom curriculum development. Our goal is to support these professionals, to provide them with a network of resources, and to share, promote, and celebrate their work.
The NCFS publishes the North Carolina Folklore Journal, holds an annual meeting of folklorists, and recognizes the work of folklore professionals with the Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards.
This year is our centennial and we are celebrating with a folklore festival! Join us in Carrboro on Saturday September 28th for music, food, art, demonstrations, and so much more. We’ll be gathering friends – old and new – from across the state to make this event a success.
Show us your support for the Folklore Festival!
To support festival events, we are kicking off our anniversary fundraiser. Join our Circle of Donors in our 100th Anniversary campaign. Our first 100 donors of $100 will be featured as one of our Circle of Donors. Your name will appear on our website and Facebook pages and in the 100th anniversary issue of the North Carolina Folklore Journal. Donations can also be made in honor or memoriam of someone else.
Donations of any amount are welcome and can be made online
or mailed to the address below:
North Carolina Folklore Society
P.O. Box 62271
Durham, NC 2771
For more information email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
||North Carolina Folklore Journal issue 58.2 is now available for download!
Brown-Hudson and Community Traditions Awards; A Discourse on Bees; Origin of “Tar Heel”; Fa-So-La and Shaped-Note Singing.
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In 1948 Society Secretary-Treasurer Arthur Palmer Hudson of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill began a state folklore journal, whose editors have included distinguished writers Richard G. Walser and Guy Owen of North Carolina State University.
Through its annual meeting, programs, awards, and publications, the North Carolina Folklore Society encourages the study and preservation of local folklife and provides a state folklife information center and resources center. Membership is open to the public.
The Society maintains the NCFOLK listserv. To join, send an email to LISTSERV@LISTSERV.ECU.EDU, with a blank subject line and with "Subscribe NCFOLK Your Name" as the message.
NCFS receives funding from the North Carolina Arts Council .
The Society also publishes a resource listing as part of this website. To submit items for the resources list, send iems to :
N.C. Folklore Society
P.O. Box 6271
Durham, NC 27715
or email N.C. Folklore Society Resource Listings
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