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Folklore Society looking for new members

By Carolyn B. Edwards BCC Staff Writer

The Texas Folklore Society has been around since 1909, and aims to continue collecting, preserving and sharing the folklore of Texas and the Southwest for another 100 years.
Memberships are $15 for students, $25 for individuals and $30 for families, and are available online from the society's website. Or, send dues to the society at PO Box 13007 - SFA Station, Nacogdoches, 75962-3007.
Membership includes newsletters and opportunities to attend the society's annual meeting, held in a different location each year. Members can submit papers on folklore topics for presentation at the annual meeting.
These papers, and other collections of folklore, are compiled into a hardback publication that is mailed out to members in December of each year. To anyone interested in Texas history, these books far exceed the membership dues in value.
The TFS publication for 2011, entitled "Hide, Horn, Fish and Fowl" was a highly entertaining and educational look at Texas hunting and fishing traditions. The 2012 publication, First Timers and Old Timers, offered a collection on a wide variety of subjects from the membership.
Through an agreement with UNT Press and the TFS, the first 58 Publications of the Texas Folklore Society (PTFS), plus four extra books, will soon be available online for free access.
Researchers and other interested persons (TFS members and non-members) will be able to read the full text of the Texas Folklore Society's books from PTFS #1 Round the Levee, published in 1916, to PTFS #58 2001: A Texas Folklore Odyssey, published in 2001, as well as four of the Extra Books series.
Effective Oct. 14, 2011, the UNT Library/Portal to Texas History has digitized and put online 25 of the projected 62 books in the Texas Folklore Society collection. Complete text with pictures can be read at no cost, and purchased, if desired. The Portal to Texas History is a website used by researchers and is available without membership.
To browse the collection: http://texashistory.unt.edu/explore/collections/TFSP/browse/