Harrisburg ProgramFriday, October 22

54-01 The Folklorist as Conservationist: Reflecting on 75 Years of State Folklore Programs

Friday, October 22, 2:00 pm–3:30 pm
Harrisburg Ballroom: Lancaster/Getty

This live event will not be recorded.

Sponsored by the AFS Local Planning Committee


Chair: Simon J. Bronner (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)

Forum participants:

Mary Hufford (The Ohio State University)

Ellen E. McHale (New York Folklore Society)

Amy E.  Skillman (Goucher College)

The first governmental state folklorist position in the United States was formed shortly after WWII in the Pennsylvania state capital of Harrisburg. The founding appointee was Henry Shoemaker, known for being a leading nature conservationist as well as folklorist. The role of a public folklorist moved into other types of institutions, and its functions diversified across the country. In this forum, prominent figures in the public folklore movement from the 1960s to the present reflect on their roles as conservationist of cultural and natural resources and forecast future trajectories.