Rocky Mount, Virginia
Carol K. Oakey
Marlo M. Eakes Meyer
Charles L. Perdue
What is The
Virginia Folklore Society?
- It is a
non-profit, educational, membership organization
dedicated to the discovery, collection, publication, and
preservation of folklore and traditional culture in Virginia and
to furthering the understanding, appreciation, and performance of
the traditional arts and crafts of this State. Founded on April 17, 1913, the Virginia
Folklore Society is one of the oldest state folklore societies in
- The Society's
early membership was composed mainly of teachers
interested in folklore and folksong materials, both for classroom
use and for their value as perceived traits of a common national,
cultural identity. Up until the mid 1970s, the Society met
annually in conjunction with the Virginia Education Association
(VEA) meetings in Richmond, Virginia.
- The Society was
incorporated in the Commonwealth of Virginia on April 2,
1974, and since that time has hosted an annual meeting and
published periodic newsletters and an occasional journal,
Folklore and Folklife in Virginia.
- In 1989, the
Virginia Folklore Society executive board, in cooperation with
state agencies and funding from the Virginia Commission for the
Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, was
instrumental in the establishment of the Virginia Folklife
Program in the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and
Public Policy, Charlottesville. Some of the Program's
accomplishments under the direction of its first Folklife
W. Barrow, may be viewed on the Virginia
Folklife Program webpage.
Today the Virginia Folklore Society
serves a broadly based public interest in folklore and
tradition and includes among its members, academic &
public sector folklorists, teachers, students, and
interested lay & professional people having a wide range of
backgrounds and experience. All are
The Virginia Folklore
University of Virginia
219 Bryan Hall
PO Box 400121
1997. All rights reserved.
December 5, 2001.
Contact person for this site is: Nancy J. Martin-Perdue