North Country folk art is surprisingly diverse. Folk Artists are often available for classroom visits.
Call to Educators

We are currently making plans to offer an expanded educational resource materials area which will include lesson plans for use with the materials published within this site. If you are an educator who has developed lesson plans on this subject that you would like to share, we invite you to submit them for inclusion.

Please send materials via email to (Subject: Folklore Lesson Plans), or via postal mail to us at: Folklore Lesson Plans, c/o TAUNY, POB 665, Canton, NY 13617.

TAUNY welcomes your feedback to this site and to our plans for its expansion. If you have other ideas for us to consider, please contact us, by using the email contacts on this site, by calling or visiting us in Canton.

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This online library has been created by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York [TAUNY] as an educational resource for folklore students of all ages. We frequently work with local school and college faculty and students, including those who are home-schooled, to assist with oral history interviews or documenting family and community traditions.

While TAUNY plans eventually to have a folk arts educator on staff who will work directly with local teachers and community groups-like Girl Scouts or 4-H clubs-we want to help you now in any ways we can to incorporate approaches to a better understanding and appreciation of local culture and traditional arts into your education planning.

Visit Us

We welcome class and other group visits to the TAUNY Gallery to see and hear many examples of local folk culture in our changing exhibits and in our permanent gallery devoted to master traditional artists and their arts from our region. Please call ahead to make arrangements for a tour.

For current TAUNY programs-exhibits, crafts demonstrations or workshops, musical performances, etc., please visit our main website news and events calendar - For additional information about TAUNY-sponsored educational resources, visit our Educational Resources page For Frequently Asked Questions about folklore of the North Country, visit

Additional Folklore Educational Resources

For ideas or assistance with questions about folk arts in education projects or in curriculum planning done elsewhere, please consult the following links.

New York Folklore Society: For basic definitions of folklore, bibliographies, links to other organizations, major sources of information, etc, see

Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students: For a major national source of information about learning and teaching about folklore, including a link to an extensive catalogue of books and curriculum resource materials, click on

American Folklore Society Folklore & Education Section Newsletter: For the latest news on curriculum planning and model projects, including a link to the current issue of the Society's section's online newsletter, go to, then click About AFS , then AFS Sections, then Folklore and Education Section.

The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress has published online A Teacher's Guide to Folklife Resources for K-12 Classrooms, which includes a significant guide to resources on folklore and folk arts in education, organizations and funding sources in various states, and a helpful list of selected readings

The Adirondack Museum in Blue Mountain Lake NY has created an educational website focussed on history topics related to the Adirondack Region. The site includes a growing database of rarely seen photos, maps, recordings and other materials from the museum's extensive collection. You are invited to visit The Adirondack History Network.

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