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


The Association of Western States Folklorists (AWSF) invites applicants for its scholarship entitled “The Dave and Bea

Bea Roeder. Photo by Jens Lund

Bea Roeder. Photo by Jens Lund

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 1, 2014.  Contact Nelda (nelda[at] or 435-881-8313) with any application questions.  Recipient will be notified by March 15.

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.

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!

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.


The AWSF annual meeting is less than two weeks away, and we’re looking forward to having everyone in Wyoming for a productive, collegial, and entertaining event. We are due for more snow this week, but then warmer weather will follow and hopefully stick around so we can get out and enjoy the beautiful Vee Bar Ranch on the Laramie River. Below is the detailed final agenda. Post a comment here or on our Facebook page if you have any questions.

AWSF Agenda 2013_Long Version