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 Current TAUNY Research Projects


TAUNY's presentations of the customs and traditions of the North Country begin with research. Our staff and a network of scholars with whom we work travel around the region to study and document ongoing cultural practices in our communities. Read about our current research projects here.

"Get the Folk Through It"

Pandemic Documentation Project


Inviting the North Country community to share their stories of and creative responses to the Coronavirus Pandemic. 

At TAUNY, we are honored to document and showcase the folklife, living traditions, and everyday culture of our region. That includes long-standing ways of knowing, doing, and making. And it includes newer ones that come to light when our community is faced with changes and challenges to our everyday lives, shaped in countless ways by our unique and common experiences of the place we call home.

Just as we were interested in people’s response to the disruptions of the 1998 Ice Storm, we want to hear from you now about your experience over the past months and going forward, with the pandemic changing many of our daily ways, while also reinforcing our sense of what’s most familiar and important to us.

More information about this project, click here.

The Birth House Project

Prior to World War II, women in the North Country traditionally gave birth in community, either at home or in birth houses. Around the 1950s, the common place of birth became more institutionalized in hospitals. Records show that birth houses were found in towns throughout the North Country, but there is very little information in the literature. To what degree are there community birth traditions in the North Country? How do birth houses tie into these traditions and affect present-day childbirth practices? 

Over spring 2020, TAUNY has been working with midwife and community scholar Regina Willette and St. Lawrence University student intern Kylie Clancy on a project exploring these questions, and we are looking for community input. 

More information about this project, click here.

North Country Heritage Awards

This signature program of TAUNY since 1993 puts a spotlight on a diversity of traditions and customs in the Adirondacks, Tug Hill Plateau, Black River Valley, 1000 Islands, St. Lawrence River Valley, and Champlain Basin. Research for this program is ongoing. The program hosts its own website.

North Country Folklore Online is a collection of educational modules about various aspects of contemporary and historical folk culture and traditional arts of northern New York State that has been created with TAUNY’s research.

Kindred Pursuits: Folk Art in the North Country

Kindred Pursuits is an online catalog of a selection of visual expressions made in the northern counties of New York since they were first settled more than two centuries ago. Researched and documented over more than 30 years, the collection represents the rich diversity of traditional cultures living here as well as the beauty and power of creative expressions of ordinary people in everyday life.

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