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William G. Pomeroy Foundation Seeks Grant Evaluators for Legends and Lore Signage Program

Wednesday, August 1, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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Tell fantastic stories, get recognition, have fun, and build awareness for your organization through a folklore signage program that’s making a difference.


The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, New York, invites you to celebrate folklore in your region with commemorative signage by becoming a grant evaluator for its expanding Legends and Lore signage program. Launched in 2015, this roadside marker program is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as an important part of the historical past.
Left: The Legends and Lore Marker for “Honey Joe Road” in Fly Creek, New York, is one of five markers in the village celebrating uniquely named places steeped in local lore. Others include Cattown Road and Bed Bug Hill. Photo courtesy of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.

The Pomeroy Foundation seeks the expertise of folklorists as it takes the Legends and Lore program nationwide. The Foundation will provide contributions to participating organizations who serve as Legends and Lore marker grant evaluators. In addition, each approved roadside marker in your grant area will include the name of your organization. 


Right: A snapshot from the dedication ceremony for the “Gorton Turtle” Legends and Lore marker in West Edmeston, New York. Grant recipients often host special events attended by local officials when markers are first unveiled. Photo courtesy of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.


Working with its first partner organization, the New York Folklore Society, the Pomeroy Foundation’s fully funded grant program has already helped more than forty communities in New York to commemorate their own fascinating local stories. One of those Legends and Lore markers celebrates Ichabod Crane and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. It’s said that this famous Washington Irving character was based on a real schoolteacher in Kinderhook, New York. What great narratives in your region should be told? As a Legends and Lore grant evaluator and program partner, you can help put the spotlight on those unique stories.


Left: The “Ichabod Crane” Legends and Lore roadside marker in Kinderhook, New York. This marker, located at the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, commemorates the unique story behind The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Photo courtesy of The William G. Pomeroy Foundation.


If you and your organization would like to help raise folklore awareness as a Legends and Lore grant evaluator, let the Pomeroy Foundation know by calling 315-913-4060 or by emailing


The Foundation will be at the 2018 American Folklore Society Annual Meeting this October and welcomes attendees to visit its exhibition booth.


For more information about the William G. Pomeroy Foundation, visit their website. 

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