Our annual meeting of the Association of Western States’ Folklorists will take place in Virginia City, Nevada, from April 10-14, 2011. Check the listserv or leave a comment for more information on lodging and registration.

The AWSF is happy to invite applicants for the scholarship entitled The Bea Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West.
This fund, named in honor of western folklorist Bea Roeder (pronounced ray-der), provides support for graduate and undergraduate students and community scholars with demonstrated interest in a career in public folklore, to attend the annual Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) meeting. AWSF has established this Fund as a way to celebrate Bea’s life and work and to create opportunities for networking and professional development for a new generation of public folklorists and cultural workers. The fund is administered by the Alliance for California Traditional Arts (ACTA) on behalf of AWSF. The Bea Roeder Fund will be awarded to graduate and undergraduate students or community scholars who show a demonstrated interest in public sector folklore. The fund will provide the recipient(s) up to $400 to be used to attend the annual Association of Western States’ Folklorists meeting, to be held in Virginia City, Nevada, from April 10-14, 2011.

To apply, download this Word document or this PDF file and return to the address listed by February 18, 2011.

For more information please contact Nelda Ault at neldarenae@gmail.com or 435-245-6050.

To make a contribution to the Bea Roeder Fund, you many contact Amy Kitchener at 559-237-9813 or akitch@actaonline.org.

Nelda Ault is the education director at the American West Heritage Center in northern Utah, and was one of the Bea Roeder Fund awardees in 2007. She writes, “The AWSF meeting is one of the best conferences you’ll ever attend, in or out of the field of folklore. While other conferences are built on paper presentations, this one focuses on guest speakers, roundtable presentations, field trips, and discussions about things that public folklorists need and want to know. Everybody goes home with new ideas, new opportunities for collaboration, and a stronger sense of the network of folklorists that are out there, fighting the good fight (oh, and an appreciation for regional food, thanks to The Graze). Even if you’re a student who’s not quite sure where your course of folklore study will take you, I’d suggest getting to know the AWSF. When I turned up at my first conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, it didn’t take me long to feel a little bit at home with the members of this group (despite my initial hesitations when I realized that I was rubbing shoulders with Great Folklorists known only to me by their publications that I studied and their contributions to PUBLORE).

“Mid-April is sometimes a rough time in the semester to talk yourself into going off to Nevada for a few days, but it’ll be worth it. Apply for the Bea Roeder Fund scholarship and get yourself to Virginia City in a few months!”

AWSF members in South Dakota, 2007. Nelda's standing behind Annie Hatch (in green) and Darcy Minter (in stripes). She's so excited to be there that her eyes are closed.