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Canton, NY 13617
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VISIT our North Country
Folklore Websites

Adirondack Music

Cultural Landmarks

St. Lawrence River Stories

Kindred Pursuits: Folk Art in North Country Life

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.

The New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA), one of TAUNY's major funders, has changed its grant-awarding calendar from the fiscal year cycle to a calendar year cycle, leaving TAUNY short of operating funds! Help us Bridge the Gap!

TAUNY is proud to support the first ever St. Lawrence international Film Festival which runs from October 22-25 in Ottawa, Brockville, Canton, and Potsdam. Purchase tickets at The TAUNY Center, or online at this link.

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.

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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.

 We thank our North Country business supporters!

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