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Photo by Lisa Duskin-Goede.  Looks like a painting, but no, that's a photo.

Photo by Lisa Duskin-Goede. Looks like a painting, but no, that’s a photo.

The folks of AWSF are excited to invite every folkloricly-minded person they know to the campus of Utah State University on April 10-12, 2014 for the annual meeting.  This meeting, held concurrently with the conference of the Western States Folklore Society, brings us back to some of our roots in Logan*.  Expect old and new friends, a spectacular Graze**, reflections on where we’ve been, and discussions on where we’re going (and hopefully some good tunes!).

Bookmark this here blog so you can check up on agenda items, registration and accommodation info, the Bea Roeder Fund for the Future of Public Folklore in the West, and other things worth knowing about Logan.

See you in April!

*You know, they say that if you haven’t been to Logan, you haven’t lived.  Okay, I guess I’ve never heard anyone say that.  But it’s true.

**The Graze = dozens of folklorists + a caravan of cars + driving through the Bear River Heritage Area + visiting folk artists, local tradition bearers, and places of interest + eating.  Set for Thursday, April 10.  WSFS attendees welcome to join!

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Dutch Hop Polka Dance flyer 2013

The River Boys, a Dutch Hop band from Nebraska and Colorado, will be playing for the final event of our 2013 meeting, a dance in the Saloon at the Vee Bar Ranch. Dutch Hop is a very regional tradition from the German-Russian communities in western Nebraska, northern Colorado, and southeast Wyoming. The event will start at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, with dance instruction, and the band will play starting at 7:30. There will be a break with interviews of the performers about the history of the tradition, and then the fun will continue until 10 p.m. The dance is free and open to the public, and is supported with funding from WESTAF.

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The 2013 annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists is set for April 25-28 at the Vee Bar Guest Ranch. This classic Wyoming dude ranch sits on the Laramie River about 20 miles west of the town of Laramie and will provide a comfortable retreat atmosphere where we can reflect on our work and plan for the future. See the attached agenda, registration information and form, and list of housing options for complete information. We hope to see you there—all are welcome!

AWSF Conference Information 2013

AWSF Agenda 2013

AWSF 2013 Registration Form

Vee Bar Lodging Info

The link to the reading from John Dorst’s “Looking West” for book discussion session doesn’t seem to be working from the agenda, so here it is again: https://www.dropbox.com/s/axhyfo6wmlk2i7u/Dorst.Looking%20West.pdf

The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) invites applicants for its scholarship entitled “The Dave and Bea Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West.”

This fund, named in honor of the late Western folklorist Bea Roeder and her husband Dave, provides support for graduate and undergraduate students and community scholars with demonstrated interest in a career in public folklore in the American West, to attend the annual 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.

Applications can be found by clicking here for a Word document and here for a PDF, and are due by midnight on March 15, 2013.  Contact Nelda (nelda[at]gmail.com or 435-792-0324) with any application questions.

Though it may be hard to believe (depending on where you live), spring actually is just around the corner, which means that the annual meeting of the Association of Western States Folklorists is coming.

In the next couple of days you will find here details about the Dave and Bea Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West, including how to apply.  This fund was established in memory of Colorado folklorist Bea Roeder, whose work in folklore touched lives throughout the western U.S. and the world.  Her husband Dave passed away in 2011.  AWSF is grateful for continued support from the Roeder family.

Although I never met Bea, I have always loved hearing about her from the folklorists who knew her well.  At every AWSF meeting I’ve attended, Bea’s work and legacy are mentioned.  It’s through her legacy that I was able to attend my first AWSF meeting in Rapid City in 2008, shortly before I finished graduate school at Western Kentucky University.  At that meeting I met the person who encouraged me to apply for my first folklore job.  I was also welcomed into this family of folklorists that has deserts and rivers, mountains and farmland, conquest and conservation running through its veins.  That alone was worth the stress of skipping out on a crucial week during my last semester of school.

Stay tuned for more details!

[posted by Nelda]

The Association of Western States Folklorists and the Western States Arts Federation are pleased to announce the 2012 AWSF annual meeting will be held in Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming, on April 15-18. Full information is available in the attached document.

AWSF 2012 Registration Information & Form

AWSF invites applicants for its scholarship titled “The Bea Roeder Fund: For the Future of Public Folklore in the West.”

This fund, named in honor of western folklorist Bea Roeder, 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 Cheyenne, Wyoming, from April 15-18, 2012.

To apply, download this Word document or this PDF file and return to the address listed by February 23, 2012.

For more information please contact Nelda Ault, neldarenae[at]gmail.com or 435-792-0324.

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

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