Texas Folklore Society

Welcome to the Texas Folklore Society!

Big News! At the meeting in Fort Worth we voted to make some significant changes to how we do things. Perhaps the most important change is to our meeting dates. In short, we won’t be meeting on Easter weekend any more. The Board and the general membership voted to move our meetings to the weekend after Easter. Also, instead of taking place on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we’ll now have the tour on Friday afternoon and the Hoot that evening, have all the papers and the Banquet on Saturday, and finish up on Sunday morning—the weekend following Easter. That means everything will still take place on a different weekend each year, but hopefully more people will be able to attend and take part.

Read about other news in our newsletter, which is now available, and also read all of our by-laws, which contain the other recent changes.

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 2015 Newsletter

The 99th Annual Meeting will be held April 10-12, 2015 in Kerrville, TX at the Y.O. Ranch Hotel and Conference Center
Don't forget!
Our meeting is on a
Friday, Saturday and Sunday this time!

We are accepting proposals for papers for our meeting now. To submit proposals for our 99th Annual Meeting, please contact Charles Williams at cewcbpo82@gmail.com or 7506 Silver Lake Dr. Rowlett, TX 75089. Find more information on how and what to submit here.

Looking for previous meetings? Learn more about our 98th Annual Meeting and all of our previous meetings here.

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

Mark Your Calendars!

National Cowboy Symposium, Lubbock, September 4-7: Our Lubbock contingent, Sara and Wallace McKee and Kenneth Davis at the least, will be there to promote the TFS to thousands of attendees.
East Texas Historical Association, Nacogdoches, October 2-4: this meet-ing will be held on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University.
Texas Book Festival, Austin, October 25-26: Kay Arnold (kayarnold512@gmail.com) and others will be telling people about TFS publications.
George West Storyfest, George West, October 31-November 2: join Mary Margaret Campbell and other TFS folks, including Fran Vick and Lucy Fischer-West; visit http://www.georgeweststoryfest.org for more information.
Texas State Historical Association, Corpus Christi , March 5-7: Charles Williams will chair our session on folklore; and Paul Carlson, Scott Bumgardner, and Lucy Fischer-West are giving papers.

Publications Available from Texas Folklore Society

The Texas Folklore Society publication for 2012 (PTFS #70) Short Call: Snippets from the Smallest Places in Texas, 1935-2000, is now available.

Available Fall, 2014


The Texas Folklore Society publication for 2013 is Folktales from the Helotes Settlement (PTFS #71) is now available.

Available Fall, 2014


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.

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.

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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