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New Section on Folklore and Historic Preservation Launched

Thursday, April 9, 2020   (1 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

The American Folklore Society is pleased to announce a new Folklore and Historic Preservation Section. The section seeks to increase the visibility of folklorists and folkloristic perspectives, to encourage increased engagement by scholars and practitioners in the field, and to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations with colleagues in historic preservation, creative placemaking, cultural resource management, vernacular architecture studies, and heritage studies.

Current trends in historic preservation — including inclusion of cultural landscapes and vernacular structures of all kinds, a renewed and expanded commitment to diversity, increased interest in intangible cultural heritage and community engagement, and new applications of National Register Bulletin 38 (Traditional Cultural Properties) — all provide meaningful opportunities for folklorists to help frame projects and policies of the future.  

The section carries on the work of the AFS Working Group in Folklore and Historic Preservation Policy (2011-2019) that promoted a humanist approach to placemaking and preservation, focusing on the use and the meaning of historic places rather than solely on the building or structure. 

Anyone can join a Google listserv hp_folk, which provides a means for all colleagues across disciplines to network.

Click here to join this American Folklore Society section, which does not charge dues.



Laurie Sommers says...
Posted Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Huzzah! Please join us in the important work of this new section.

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