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Texas Folklore Society to hold annual meeting

April 1, 2015 - University Marketing Communications
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The Texas Folklore Society will hold its annual meeting April 10-12 at Kerrville's YO Ranch Hotel and Conference Center, 2033 Sidney Baker St., in Kerrville.

The society's 99th annual meeting will feature a variety of activities, including a "hootenanny" on Friday night, which will embrace a mix of music, poetry and storytelling.

Held in the city of art, music and history, this year's meeting will offer a number of destinations for art lovers and history and nature buffs, as well as die-hard shoppers.

Friday afternoon's bus tour will explore the city of Kerrville, Schreiner University, Bandera Pass and Camp Verde. Following the "hootenanny," the meeting will conclude with the presentation of 20 papers on Saturday and Sunday, covering a wide variety of topics, including the roaring 20s, the Texas art car movement and much more.

The oldest continually functioning state folklore organization in the U.S., the TFS is dedicated to preserving and presenting the legends, customs, beliefs, superstitions, songs and crafts of Texas and the Southwest. This lore has stimulated the recording and study of the rich folk culture, attracting both laymen and scholars.

The TFS began at the University of Texas in 1909 under the leadership of Leonidas Payne and John Avery Lomax. In 1971, the society moved its headquarters to Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches.

Individuals are not required to be a member of the society to register and attend. Registration is $10 per person; banquet tickets are $26 for adults and $12 for children.

For more information on the TFS or to view the list of presenters, visit www.texasfolkloresociety.org, or call Dr. Ken Untiedt, secretary/editor of the TFS and associate professor of English at SFA, or Andrea Zarate at (936) 468-4407.