Anual Meeting

The Bea & Dave Roeder Student Travel Award for the AWSF meeting provides $500 in funding to support a student interested in public folklore. The information and application are below. The deadline is March 10, and the recipient will be notified before the March 20 conference registration deadline.



Here is a slightly revised version of the  AWSF 2017 meeting agenda, to allow more flexibility on Saturday when some attendees may want to participate in the local March for Science.



The planning committee for this year’s AWSF wants to provide you with updates on conference registration, hotel reservations, and programming.

Registration – Registration for this year’s AWSF Conference is now open! Use this link:

to register for the Conference and the Graze. The deadline to register is March 15th, 2017.

We have the funding to provide registration scholarships (worth $80) for each attendee, meaning everyone may register for the conference at no cost to themselves.

The Graze will cost $25, with instructions on how to pay included in the registration information.

We also have secured funding to offer 5 travel scholarships of $200. These scholarships will be awarded after the conference in the form of travel reimbursements. If you are in need of one of these scholarships, please indicate that on the registration form.

Hotel Information – Attached. We have reserved blocks of 10 single king rooms and 10 double queen rooms at two different hotels: the Phoenix Inn and the Days Inn – Eugene Downton/University. The Phoenix Inn is closer but slightly more expensive, while the Days Inn
is further but cheaper. Both hotels offer a complimentary breakfast. Information on how to make a reservation at each is in the attached file.

Agenda – Attached. The program is coming together. We still need a facilitator for the workshop on Inter-Regional Collaboration. This topic received strong support in our survey, but if we have no one able/willing to facilitate it, we will sub in a new piece of programming. Anyone?

Once again, the link to register is

You will receive a follow-up email confirming your registration.

If you have any questions please send them to me, Brad McMullen, at You may also call the OFN office at 541-346-3820 to talk to me over the phone.




Thanks to our hosts at the Oregon Folklife Network and the University of Oregon for an excellent meeting last week, April 6-8. They even arranged for warm, sunny weather! We had a session with Cliff Murphy from the National Endowment for the Arts, discussions about new forms of fundraising, presentations from staff with the Art of the Rural, an update on our regional Rivers & Headwaters project, and planning for the 2017 meeting, which will also be held in Oregon–stay tuned for dates and location. And of course there was The Graze, our annual tour of local cultural sites, which this year covered the lively Whiteaker neighborhood with its eateries, wineries, breweries, a pinball arcade, and a glassblowing studio.

The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) is pleased to open registration for its Annual Conference to be held April 10-12, 2014 at the University Inn and Conference Center at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Held concurrently this year with the Western States Folklore Society’s annual gathering, the conference is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

To register, please send a completed registration form and fees no later than Friday, March 28, 2014 to: Chrissy Deal at WESTAF, 1743 Wazee Street, Suite 300, Denver, CO 80202. Checks are payable to WESTAF; Visa and MasterCard are also accepted. Registration forms may also be faxed to 303.629.9717 or sent via email to [at] If you have any questions, feel free to call WESTAF at 303.629.1166.

Additional information about the Graze, sessions, performance, lodging and transportation is included in the accompanying AWSF 2014 conference information document. A detailed agenda will be available and posted the second week of March.

Finally, attendees are also invited to submit a brief bio and summary of current projects online for distribution prior to our April meeting. Please complete online at by March, 28, 2014.

Look forward to seeing you in Utah!


The AWSF Planning Committee

AWSF 2014 Registration Form

AWSF 2014 Conference Information

Transportation: Logan, Utah is 90 miles from Salt Lake City. Salt Lake Express is the only public means of transport. The round-trip fare for transportation from the airport to the University Inn in Logan UT is $64.50. Reservations may be made on-line. You can also rent a car; rental rates vary.

Lodging: The conference will be held at the University Inn and Conference Center, which is on the campus of Utah State University. Room rates with a discount for conference attendees are $69 for a double queen room. Call 800-231-5634 (or local 435-797-0017) to place a reservation. A block of 50 rooms has been reserved through March 27: it would be wise to book early as rooms may not be available after that date. Ask for the Western Folklore discount when calling to make your reservation. Visit the Conference Center site for further information. Other accommodations in Logan are available, but may require a short taxi or car ride to the university. These include:

The 2014 AWSF annual meeting will be held in Logan, Utah, on April 10-12 in conjunction with the Western States Folklore Society meeting. The main meeting days will be Friday and Saturday, April 11-12, and both organizations will have concurrent sessions. Registration for either meeting will allow access to all sessions. The Graze, a tour of local traditional sites and visits to artists, will take place on Thursday, April 10. Suggested travel days if you want to take everything is are Wednesday, April 9, and Sunday, April 13.

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