Westport, Essex County
Folklore Collector & Teacher
Edith E. Cutting – teacher, author, and folklorist – was born in the Essex County town of Lewis, on a small family farm. She attended the New York State College for Teachers, wherein in 1936 she enrolled in an elective course in American Folklore, taught by Dr. Harold W. Thompson, a founder of the New York Folklore Society. Thompson encouraged his students to interview their friends and families and collect examples of their old customs, stories, and sayings, to make them aware of their heritage and their communities. Research from this first-class project was later published in 1944 by Cornell University Press asLore of an Adirondack County, the first such published collection of any North Country folklore materials. It contains fascinating tales, weather lore, games, ballads, and songs shared by older men and women of the Champlain Valley whom she had known as a child.
Click and listen to the audio clips below to learn more about Edith E. Cutting;
Edith brings her college folklore professor to meet her relatives on the family farm in Essex County.
Edith recalls some weather signs, planting rhymes, and farm folklore from her childhood.