The in-person portion of the 2021 Annual Meeting will be held October 21 – 24 in Harrisburg, PA. Harrisburg is home to the Harrisburg Mural Festival, which works with artists and neighborhoods to create vibrant murals throughout Harrisburg. Here, San Francisco-based artist Nathaniel works on his wall on Paxtang Avenue during The 2019 Harrisburg Mural Fest. Sept. 07, 2019.Sean Simmers | [email protected]

A man paints a mural on a concrete wall.

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Folklore is our cultural DNA. It includes the traditional art, stories, knowledge, and practices of a people. While folklore can be bound up in memory and histories, folklore is also tied to vibrant living traditions and creative expression today. Folklore adapts, and folklore endures.

Since 1888, the American Folklore Society has served the people and organizations engaged in understanding and advancing the field of folklore. We are proud to carry on this tradition as we face the needs of the 21st century.

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The American Folklore Society is an international professional network serving the field of folklore, open to anyone working to understand or advance folk and traditional arts and the communities that sustain them. Our strength lives in our members, as we work to support them, their work, and our field.

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I believe that the study of folklore is a crucial way to understand human beings and their cultures, and the American Folklore Society will help keep the field of folklore healthy.

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