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Folklore and Education

Welcome! The Folklore and Education section of the American Folklore Society (AFS), formed in 1988, seeks to serve members through networking opportunities at AFS annual meetings and online, as well as to spotlight and honor essential and outstanding contributions to the field by sponsoring sessions at the AFS annual meetings and awarding monetary prizes. Our membership and range of services extends to schools, historical societies, arts agencies, independent folklorists, and community programs, among others.

The Folklore and Education section awards the Dorothy Howard Folklore and Education Prize and the Robinson-Roeder-Ward Fellowship

The section also publishes the Folklore and Education Newsletter.

Get Involved

Sign in to the AFS Member Portal to join the section and ensure you’re receiving section communications. All of your section involvement can be managed under My Info.

Click here to pay section dues ($10 regular, $5 student).


The conveners of this section are Nicholas Hartmann, Senior Convener, and Linda Deafenbaugh, Junior Convener.

Contact the section conveners at [email protected].

Related Organizations

Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education facilitates K-12 teachers’ and teacher educators’ use of folklore and folkloristic approaches in their classrooms through national advocacy, publications, teacher training, and extensive online resources. Local Learning is a national service organization for folk arts and folklife in education and publishes the annual Journal of Folklore and Education, a peer-reviewed multimedia K-16 digital publication. Download from the homepage. Paddy Bowman is the founding director, and Lisa Rathje is the executive director.

Join City Lore as an Education Member and receive the CARTS newsletter, City Lore mailings and discounts on events, a 10% discount on orders from the CARTS Catalog (featuring high-quality, authentic teaching resources for folklore, oral history, and the arts), and a free CD or cassette. Send $30 (check payable to City Lore) to City Lore, 72 East First Street, New York NY 10003 USA. For a free copy of the catalog, e-mail [email protected] or phone 800/333-5982.

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