A More Regional Folklore Society

While most of our activities are centered around Seattle and the Puget Sound area, we would like to have a more regional presence in promoting folk music and preserving its heritage and folklore in the Pacific Northwest. We recently sent an email to various folklore and folk music societies in the Pacific Northwest to solicit their help and involvement in creating a regional presence for our Society. It included several areas of interest in which we asked for input (see below). We welcome any ideas, help, and contributions that you can provide.

History of folk music in the Pacific Northwest. Our website contains information mostly from Seattle and the Puget Sound area. We would like to expand this to the greater Pacific Northwest, and would appreciate information from other areas to include here. Of particular interest right now is information about Pete Seeger in our region, particularly his performances at local colleges during the 1950s when he was black-listed by the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Songs of the Pacific Northwest. Several years ago we began a project to collect and present songs that relate to the history, people, and places of the Pacific Northwest. Most of the songs have come from the Washington area. We would like to include songs from other areas – Oregon, Idaho, British Columbia, Alaska, etc. – and would welcome your comments, suggestions and additions – email us.

Articles for the NW HOOT. Our bimonthly newsletter announces upcoming events and includes articles on folk music, folklore and the traditional music scene in the Pacific Northwest. We desperately need more writers to submit articles of interest to the greater Pacific Northwest community. Issues are published for December/January, February/March, April/May, etc.; the deadlines for submission are by the 20th of the  preceding month. Email me about submissions and suggestions of articles. Articles can be of any length – usually about 1,000 words – and can include pictures and hyperlinks. Here is a list of archived articles.

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