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A nonprofit organization dedicated to showcasing the folk culture and living traditions of New York's North Country. Explore this site to discover the diverse customs and traditions--like storytelling, music, crafts, foodways, and folk art--that make life special in our region, from the St. Lawrence River to the Adirondack Mountains. 

Folkstore Online

The Folkstore Online is back,
and better than ever!

If you canít make it into the shop, you can still get many of your favorites online. Open 24/7 right here.

More items are added all the time, so check back often!


Stable Views; Life in the Backstretch of Thoroughbred Racetracks

Many North Country residents have enjoyed a day at the Saratoga racetrack, where the spectacle is the excitement of the race and the fancy dress of the spectators. Folklorist Ellen McHale has spent years behind the scenes at the Saratoga and Belmont racetracks, getting to know the workers who care for the horses, out of the publicís sight. What she found was a tight-knit community, whose love for the animals in their care is the basis for a rich occupational culture. That research is the subject of an exhibit now on display at The TAUNY Center. The exhibit consists of photos, quotes from the workers featured presented in English and Spanish, and artifacts from the backstretch.

The exhibit will remain on display through early November. Curator Ellen McHale will join us for a reception in early fall. Watch for details.

TAUNY thanks Potsdam Agway for their underwriting support of this exhibit.


Bill Parmer Loves Barns

If you travel the country roads around St. Lawrence County, chances are you may have seen Bill Parmer working on a painting by the side of the road and wondered what he is up to. Now through September 12, visitors to The TAUNY Center can see a display of original oil paintings Bill made along country roads in Waddington, Lawrenceville, Hopkinton, Winthrop, and other nearby locations. The paintings are accompanied by Billís explanations of the circumstances and content of the paintings. Bill travels throughout the North Country and into other states to paint, but most of the time you will find him close to his home in Buckton. He paints in all weather except high wind and driving rain.

All the paintings in the display are for sale in the gallery, and some of them are in our online shop here.


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The TAUNY Center & North Country Folkstore are open
Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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