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Oregon Folklife Network Joins William G. Pomeroy Foundation(R) National Folklore Roadside Marker Program for Legends & Lore(R) - 04/10/19

Eugene, Ore. – Intriguing stories from Oregon’s rich heritage of folklore will be featured on roadside markers at sites across the state thanks to a partnership between the Oregon Folklife Network (OFN) and the William G. Pomeroy Foundation. Click here to apply for a grant.  

OFN will serve as a grant evaluator for the Pomeroy Foundation’s expanding national Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, helping to put Oregon folklore in the spotlight. Established by the Pomeroy Foundation in 2015, Legends & Lore is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as part of cultural heritage.

“The Pomeroy Foundation is thrilled to partner with the Oregon Folklife Network on our expanding Legends & Lore program,” says Bill Pomeroy, founder and trustee of the Pomeroy Foundation. “We feel this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the folklore near and dear to Oregon. We’re proud to work with your communities in celebrating and preserving your folklore and legends.”

The Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation based in Syracuse, N.Y., that helps people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of historic signage grant programs, including Legends & Lore. The Foundation’s grants cover the entire cost of a marker, pole and shipping. 

As a Legends & Lore grant evaluator, OFN will be responsible for reviewing applications, as well as confirming the legitimacy and accuracy of folklore and legends that applicants in Oregon intend to commemorate on a marker. Legends & Lore marker grants are available to 501(c)(3) organizations, nonprofit academic institutions and municipalities in Oregon.

Working with its first partner organization, New York Folklore, the Pomeroy Foundation’s Legends & Lore program has already helped more than 35 communities in New York State to commemorate their own fascinating local stories. One of those Legends & Lore markers celebrates Ichabod Crane and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It’s said that this famous Washington Irving character was based on a real schoolteacher named Jesse Merwin in Kinderhook, New York.

About the Pomeroy Foundation

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private, grant-making foundation established in 2005. The Foundation is committed to supporting the celebration and preservation of community history; and to raising awareness, supporting research and improving the quality of care for patients and their families who are facing a blood cancer diagnosis. To date, the Foundation has awarded more nearly 800 grants for historic signage in New York State and beyond. Visit: www.wgpfoundation.org


About Oregon Folklife Network

Oregon Folklife Network is administered by the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon and is the state’s designated Folk and Traditional Arts Program. OFN conducts statewide research to document Oregon’s wide variety of living cultural heritages and partners to create public programs to share these diverse traditions. From Native basket weavers to hip hop emcees, from fisher poets to buckaroo gear makers, Norwegian foods, Mexican ballet folklorico, and more, there is a world of culture in Oregon.

OFN is funded in part by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Cultural Trust, and Oregon Historical Society. For more about OFN, visit https://ofn.uoregon.edu. Contact Riki Saltzman at iki@uoregon.edu">riki@uoregon.edu if you’d like to be added to a contact list for this program.


Sources and Media Contact:

Riki Saltzman, Oregon Folklife Network, riki@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820

Emily West Hartlerode, Oregon Folklife Network, eafanado@uoregon.edu, 541-346-3820


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