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Monadnock Folklore Society Archives

Archives, 1981-2006

MC 219

4 boxes (1.33 cu.ft.)

About the Monadnock Folklore Society:

The Monadnock Folklore Society was founded in 1980 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1982. The original purpose was to increase the visibility of folk dance and music events in southern New Hampshire, provide new venues for performers, and provide educational services in the folk arts to the community.

The society is governed by a board of five directors, assisted by interested members of the community for help with special projects. It has been the organizer or associated sponsor for contra dances in Greenfield, Nelson, Fitzwilliam and Peterborough. Currently there are dances on the first Saturday of the month in Peterborough and every Monday evening in Nelson.

With the Nelson Town Hall as the main venue, the Monadnock Folklore Society has presented a wide variety of concerts with an emphasis on different cultural styles, such as Hungarian, Shetland, Breton, Scottish, Cajun, Irish, Balkan, and Scandinavian. There is an annual Irish Pub Night in March, a Cape Breton Festival in September, and a performance in December by Nowell Sing We Clear. Individual singer/songwriter concerts have included Greg Brown, U. Utah Phillips, John Gorka, Connie Kaldor, Patty Larkin, Garnet Rogers, Susie Burke, and Doug Clegg. The first concert presentation was by Malcolm Dalglish and Grey Larsen in 1981.

The Monadnock Folklore Society has also supported local dance performance groups such as the Harrisville Morris Women, Jack in the Green Morris, Midnight Rapper, and the Nelson Village Dancers, while financial support has also been provided to Westmoreland composer Larry Siegel for his local production of Village Store Verbatim, to Dudley Laufman of Canterbury for a project recordings local old-time fiddlers, and to Mary DesRosiers of Harrisville for production assistance on her CD A Little Music on the Prairie.

For a number of years, the society published a bimonthly newsletter containing listings of music and dance events around the area, loosely defined as southern New Hampshire, northern Massachusetts and southeastern Vermont. The newsletter also contained reviews of books and recordings and usually an article focused on some aspect of music and dance. Although the newsletter was received enthusiastically by its readership, financial and time constraints prevented publication beyond its second year. MFS now publishes a quarterly calendar, containing music and dance event listings.

About the Monadnock Folklore Society Archives

The collection contains organizational papers, including meeting minutes, newsletters, contra dance and concert files, material relating to various New Hampshire Folk Festivals, newsclippings and photographs.

Folder Listing

  1. Organizational Papers
  2. Newsletters
  3. Concert files
  4. Dance flyers
  5. New Hampshire Folk Festival
  6. Newsclippings
  7. Photographs

I. Organizational Papers

f.1 By-laws, articles of agreement, 1982 and 2004 and various brief histories-cum-statements of mission.
f.2 501(c)(3) status application and amendment, 1982-1983 and 1990.
f.3 Operations manual, 1983.
f.4 Minutes and notes, 1981-1989.
f.5 Minutes, 1993-1996.
f.6 Minutes, 2004-2005.
f.7 Budget and financial reports, 1982-1983 and 1992-1994.
f.8 Membership lists and mailing labels.
f.9 Dudley Laufman and Mary Desrosiers grant applications.
f.10 Village Store Verbatim grant application, 1994.
f.11 Miscellaneous material, including a copy of the MFS performer contract 1983-1992.

II. Newsletters

f.12 Newsletter, Volume 1 #1-Volume 2, #1 and 3.
f.13 Newsletter, Volume 2, #5.
f.14 Newsletter, Volume 2, #8.
f.15 Newsletter, Volume 2, #9 and 10.
f.16 Newsletter, Volume 2, #11 and 12.
f.17 Newsletter, Volume 3, #1.
f.18 Newsletter, Volume 3, #2.
f.19 Morgan Llywelyn articles for newsletter.
f.20 Newsletter subscription list, 1994.

III. Concert files (arranged chronologically)

These files variously contain correspondence, contracts, publicity materials, press releases, and photographs.

f.1 Odds Bodkin, Greenfield, N.H., April 1984.
f.2 Lincoln Mountain Bluegrass, Nelson Town Hall, June 15, 1984.
f.3 Jim Douglas, house concert, Nelson, N.H., Sept.14, 1984.
f.4 Gill Burn, house concert, Nelson, N.H., Oct. 25 (?), 1984.
f.5 Malcolm Dalglish, Grey Larsen & Pete Sutherland, Nelson Town Hall, May 11, 1985.
f.6 Baker’s Well (Sean Potts, Sean Og Potts, Kevin Glackin and others), Nelson Town Hall, Sept. 17, 1985.
f.7 Gordon Bok and Cindy Kallet, Nelson Town Hall, Nov.22, 1985.
f.8 Spaelimenninir, Nelson Town Hall, June 12, 1986.
f.9 Dougie MacLean, Nelson Town Hall, August 26, 1986.
f.10 Dab Hand, Nelson Town Hall, October 11, 1986.
f.11 Danny McGinley, Nelson Town Hall, March 6, 1987.
f.12 Lydia Adams Davis, Nelson Town Hall, May 8, 1987.
f.13 Sean Potts and Paddy Moloney, Nelson Town Hall, July 12, 1987.
f.14 Green Grass Cloggers, Nelson Town Hall, July 16, 1987.
f.15 Gerald Trimble & Satura, Nelson Town Hall, August 20, 1987.
f.16 Scartaglen, Nelson Town Hall, Feb. 13, 1988.
f.17 The Blackwater Band with Bill Thomas, Nelson Town Hall, March 25, 1988.
f.18 Ralph Page Legacy Workshop led by Linda Morley, N.H. State Folklorist, Nelson Town Hall, April 10, 1988.
f.19 Patrick Ball, Nelson Town Hall, April 13, 1988.
f.20 Baker’s Well (Sean Potts, Ronan Browne, Kevin Glackin and others), Nelson Town Hall, May 1, 1988.
f.21 David Bates, Nelson Town Hall, May 15, 1988.
f.22 Mustard’s Retreat, Nelson Town Hall, Oct. 6, 1988.
f.23 Josephine, Nelson Town Hall, Nov. 13, 1988.
f.24 John Gorka, Nelson Town Hall, Jan. 15, 1989.
f.25 Metamora (Malcolm Dalglish, Grey Larsen & Pete Sutherland), Nelson Town Hall, Feb.14, 1989.
f.26 Garnet Rogers, Nelson Town Hall, March 5, 1989.
f.27 Eileen McGann, Nelson Town Hall, April 8, 1989.
f.28 Patrick Ball, Nelson Town Hall, April 16, 1989.
f.29 Seamus Connolly, Nelson Town Hall, May 6, 1989.
f.30 Boogaloo Swamis, Nelson Town Hall, May 27, 1989.
f.31 Dillon Bustin, Nelson Town Hall, June 10, 1989.
f.32 Christopher Shaw, Nelson Town Hall, June 16, 1989.
f.33 Bridget Ball, Nelson Town Hall, July 23, 1989.
f.1 Ujstilus, Nelson Town Hall, August 4, 1989.
f.2 Greg Brown, Nelson Town Hall, August 13, 1989.
f.3 Billy Novick & Guy van Duser, Nelson Town Hall, August 18, 1989.
f.4 Bill Morrissey, Nelson Town Hall, Sept. 15, 1989.
f.5 John McCutcheon, Nelson Town Hall, October 15, 1989.
f.6 Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen, Nelson Town Hall, October 20, 1989.
f.7 Ginny Reilly & David Moloney, Nelson Town Hall, Nov. 3, 1989.
f.8 John Gorky, Nelson Town Hall, Nov. 11, 1989.
f.9 Connie Kaldor, Nelson Town Hall, Dec. 1, 1989.
f.10 Peter Ostroushko, Nelson Town Hall, Dec. 8, 1989.
f.11 Malcolm Dalglish, Grey Larsen & Tom Sparks, Alouette Iselin, Dublin Community Church, Dublin, N.H., n.d. (1981? This may have been the first concert MFS presented.)
f.12 Susie Burke, n.d.
f.13 Jez Lowe & Jake Walton, Oct. 14, 1988. (Not sure this concert actually happened).
f.14 Margaret MacArthur, n.d.
f.15 Ossian, n.d.
f.16 Fred Small, n.d.
f.17 Sukay, n.d.
f.18 Artie & Happy Traum, n.d.
f.19 Robin Williamson, n.d. (Concert income and expenses spreadsheet only).
f.20 Various concert press releases and a list of concerts 1918-1988.
f.21 Various concert flyers.

IV. Dance flyers

f.22 Nelson Saturday night dance.
f.23 Nelson Monday night dance.
f.24 Greenfield, N.H. dance.
f.25 Peterborough, N.H. dance.
f.26 25th Anniversary dance, Nov. 24, 2006.
f.27 Iron Dancer.
f.28 Nelson Village Dancers.
f.29 Solstice & Christmas events flyers – dances and concerts, including Nowell Sing We Clear.

V. New Hampshire Folk Festivals materials

f.1 Various organizational materials for the 1985 8th New Hampshire Folk Festival: list of performers to be considered; press releases, schematic for layout of festival, advertising rates, list of volunteers, sample tickets, etc.
f.2 Information re craft exhibitors at 1985 8th New Hampshire Folk Festival
f.3 Organizational materials for the 1986 9th New Hampshire Folk Festival
f.4 Programs for the 5th, 7th, 8th and 9th New Hampshire Folk Festivals
f.5 Festival layout roughly sketched on white cardboard

VI. Newsclippings

f.6 Re Monadnock Folklore Society: “Folk Society keeps the beat alive” by Jackie Patterson Hooper, Monadnock Ledger, undated; short mention with photo of Monadnock Folklore Society 25th anniversary contra dance at the Peterborough Town House, Keene Sentinel, Nov 2006; “Folk musicians connect to Monadnock Region” by Grace Lilly, Keene Sentinel, Sept. 6, 2001 (about The Peterborough Folk Society)
f.7 Re contra dancing, 1982-2006:
“Contra dancing” by Michael Nix, Monadnock Observer, Sept. 11, 1982; “dance the night away” by Kate Meola, Monadnock Observer, Sept. 28, 1991; “Benefit dance for contra caller” by Nathaniel T. Mitchell, Keene Sentinel, Feb 28, 2002; clippings of photos of dancing in the Monadnock Ledger, from 2001 and 2006 and Keene Sentinel, 1991 and 2003; clipping announcing Friday night family contra dances at the Keene Public Library, Keene Sentinel, Feb 2004; clipping advertising the Monadnock Folklore Society, Monadnock Shopper News, March and Sept. 2005; “Lure of the Dance” by John Walters, New Hampshire magazine, March 2006;
f.8 Re contra dancing, undated:
“The Beat Goes On” by Christine Schultz, unknown publication, undated; “Labor Day starts contra dance season” by Dave Eisenstadter, Monadnock Ledger, undated; “Fancy footwork on the farm” by Nathaniel T. Mitchell, Keene Sentinel, undated; “the way we were,” Monadnock Ledger-Transcript, undated; “Contra Dancing” by Jessie Salisbury, unknown publication, undated; “Contradance tradition on film” by Grace Lilly, Keene Sentinel, undated; “Nelson dances get people out and moving around – even on chilly nights” by Nicole S. Colson, Keene Sentinel, undated; clipping announcing Friday night dances at Monadnock Country Club, unknown publication, undated;
f.9 Re Bob McQuillen: “Writing Tunes” by Peter Anick, Fiddler Magazine, Winter 1996-1997; “He keeps contra dancing moving” by Aaron Bowden, Concord Monitor, Nov 24, 1999; “National award to Bob McQuillen” by Jane Eklund, Monadnock Ledger [2002]; “N.H. artist one of 15 named as national Heritage Fellow,” unattributed, unknown publication [2002]
f.10 Re individuals: Dudley Laufman (“Laufman is lord of the (country) dance” by Catherine Foster, Boston Globe, April 19, 2002); Ralph Sweet (“‘Like learning new words to a song” by Ralph Sweet, Boston Globe, Fall, 1998); Allan Block (“Musician, Busker, Poet And a Craftsman” by Alan Joch, Observer, The Keene Sentinel Magazine, Aug 20-26, 1988); Brendan Carey Block (“He’s no second fiddle” by Jennifer De Paul, Keene Sentinel, July 28, 2005); John Redemske (“He revives old dance form” by Jessie Salisbury, Monadnock Ledger, undated; Gary Sredzienski (“The accordion warrior” by Nicole S. Colson, Keene Sentinel, March 15, 2007); Richard Wood, “Prince Edward Island’s Richard Wood” by Katrina Lee VanTyne, Fiddler Magazine, Spring 2004; Village Harmony, “Village Harmony has passion for song” by Grace Lilly, Keene Sentinel, undated; “Fiddle fest fun” by Erika Cohen, Keene Sentinel, undated
f.11 Announcements about upcoming concerts: Nowell Sing We Clear, 1994, 1996 and undated; Jerry Holland, 2005; Josephine, 1998; Nightingale, 1996

VII. Photographs

f.12 10 5×7 color photographs of Bob McQuillen
f.13 16 5×7 color photographs of Susannah La Douceur, Johnny Trombly Memorial Scholarship winner, with Bob McQuillen and others at the 2002 award, Nelson Town Hall, Oct 2002
f.14 Callers: David Millstone (2); Mary Desrosiers (2); musicians: Harvey Tolman, 2003? (1); Deanna Stiles and Jane Orzechowski (3); Liz Carroll (2); Sylvia Miskoe, Vince O’Donnell, Mary Paul and others (2); a couple of unidentified people; John Roberts (1); Bill Thomas, Randy Miller & Ken Wilson (1); The Chieftains (8); unidentified couple, guitar and fiddle (2, both b&w 2×2)
f.15 16 5×7 color photographs of dancers, taken at the Nelson Town Hall, Oct 2002
f.16 8 x 10 b&w of Liza and Ken Wilson

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