Texas Folklore Society

Welcome to the Texas Folklore Society!

Next to the American Folklore Society, The Texas Folklore Society is the oldest folklore organization continually functioning in the United States. Chartered in 1909, the Society held its first meeting on the campus of the University of Texas in 1911. The Society meets Easter weekend, when members read papers on a variety of folklore subjects. On Thursday night there is a "hootenanny" and on Friday night a dinner with an invited speaker or other entertainment. All sessions are open to the public.

We invite you to view our present and past activities, attend one of our meetings, and become a member. If we can assist you in any way, please contact us.

Latest News!

See the January 2014 Newsletter

The National Cowboy Symposium in Lubbock was a huge success gaining the society five new members so far.  Thank you to Sara and Wallace McKee for their leadership preparing the  TFS booth and Scott and Maria Bumgardner, and Kenneth Davis for helping to man the booth! Your service is greatly appreciated.

The 98th Annual Meeting will be held April 17-19, 2014 in Ft. Worth at the Omni Hotel Downtown –Chuck Smith is the Local Arranger

Scott Bumgardner is the Program Chair for the 2014 Meeting. Send paper proposals to him at bumscott@flash.net or P.O. Box 710770 Houston, TX 77271-0770.

Looking for previous meetings? Learn more about our 97th Annual Meeting and all of our previous meetings here.


Recordings of papers presented at meetings may be purchased from Writer's AudioShop ...more

Texas Folkore Society

Mark Your Calendars!

 The Texas State Historical Association Meeting will be held in San Antonio on March 6-8, 2014.

Submit you paper proposals for the 2015 Texas State Historical Association Meeting in Corpus Christi, TX. March 5th - 7th, 2015. Please email proposals to tfs@sfasu.edu.


Publications Available from Texas Folklore Society

The Texas Folklore Society publication for 2012 (PTFS #68)
 First Timers and Old Timers ---The Fire Burns On
, is now available.

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The Texas Folklore Society publication for 2013 is Cowboys, Cops, Killers and Ghosts: Legends and Lore in Texas  (PTFS #69) is now available.

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The Texas Folklore Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the folklore of Texas and the Southwest.

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The Texas Folklore Society has a  Facebook presence. Many members and friends have visited our Facebook page and posted pictures from the meeting.
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Correr del paisano translates as "messenger of his countrymen." To read more about the roadrunner, the society's adopted emblem, ...more

The song "Beautiful Texas" is traditionally sung at the close of each meeting. ...more
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Texas Folklore Society
P.O. Box 13007 - SFASU
Nacogdoches, TX 75962-3007
Ph. 936.468.4407