Folklore in Ohio
Academic Programs in Folklore
- The Ohio State University, Programs of Study in Folklore
Ohio State offers a wide range of options for studying folklore as a major or minor concentration. Our Web page on Programs of Study offers more detailed information.
- Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
Although other universities offer graduate study in folklore and folklife, Bowling Green State University is the only university in the United States to implement a graduate department devoted to the scholarly study of popular culture.
Folklore Organizations and Societies
- CITYFOLK is the Miami Valley's traditional and ethnic arts organization. CITYFOLK produces the annual CITYFOLK Festival, which presents a social dance series and coordinates educational programs, showcasing a wide range of artists and reflecting the rich, cultural diversity of the Dayton community.
- Cincinnati Folklife is a member-supported non-profit arts organization. Concerts by nationally and internationally known musicians are presented approximately four times a year. Cincinnati Folklife also sponsors The Cincinnati Celtic Music and Cultural Festival each autumn.
- Columbus Folk Music Society is dedicated to folk music and dance
- Highlands of Ohio is a folk and Celtic music society
- Ohio Arts Council fosters the development of the arts and is dedicated to the preservation of Ohio's cultural heritage
- Northeast Ohio Folk and Traditional Music & Dance Society (FOLKNET) is a not-for-profit educational organization that exists to nurture the development and expansion of a vibrant folk and traditional arts community of performers, organizations and advocates.
- Rural Life Center at Kenyon College promotes education, scholarship, and public projects about rural life. Through collaboration with the central Ohio community, the Rural Life Center seeks to enhance the quality of rural life.
Ohio Cultural Programs and Museums
- Cultural Centre of India.Com promotes culture and dances of India through classes, workshops and performances.
- Hungarian Heritage Museum is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preserving Hungarian heritage in Cleveland, Ohio.
- Ohio Festivals, Fairs, and Events: this link offers a comprehensive listing of festival, fairs, and other events all across Ohio.
- Puerto Rican and Carribean Organization (PACO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the awareness of Hispanic culture throughout the Dayton/Cincinnati areas. Email: paco_Dayton@aol.com
- Turkish American Society of Northeastern Ohio strives to promote and strengthen the bonds among the people having the appreciation of Turkish culture in Northeastern Ohio and other parts of the U.S.A. The group sponsors Middfest International, a festival to promote world understanding, friendship, and peace.
- Ohio Historical Society
Folk Interests Sites
- Ghosts of Ohio: The purpose of this site is to provide information on the local folklore, and tales of the supernatural of the Buckeye State. Most of the tales will come from Fairfield County.
Magazines, Newspapers & Other Publications
These publications are great resources for finding local folklore events in Columbus and Ohio. They are typically available for free throughout the city and provide a list of local events.