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The Texas Folklore Society seeks submissions for 2023 publication on gatherings

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to suspend or rethink traditional gatherings; it has also provoked nostalgia for gatherings from our past. Thinking back, how did your family and your community celebrate, commemorate, congregate? How did/do you observe, remember, or honor special events? How have your gatherings changed? How do you currently celebrate? We seek articles relating to Texas or the Southwest on all types of gatherings, including but not limited to:

  • Holidays: parades, celebrations & festivals
  • Cultural Celebrations
  • Homecomings: churches, school, family reunions, revivals
  • Cookoffs: BBQ, chili, pies, etc.
  • Fairs, carnivals & circus performances
  • Conferences and Zoom meetings
  • Coming-of-age celebrations: bar/bat mitzvahs, baptisms, quinceañeras, debutante balls
  • Fish camp reunions/tournaments or hunting and meat processing weekends
  • Communal food preparation: sausage making, tamaladas, canning
  • Rodeos, livestock shows, cattle drives, trail rides & chuckwagon events
  • Sewing circles, quilting bees, clothing drives
  • Weddings, baby showers, and birthdays
  • Funerals, burials, cemetery cleaning/tending of graves, Día de Los Muertos
  • Musical events: picking circles, concerts, jam sessions, fiddler reunions, recitals
  • Local theatre
  • Play dates

Potential things to consider:

  • How do gatherings reflect and create community?
  • How is this particular gathering unique?
  • How have traditional gatherings changed over time?
  • How are past gatherings remembered within communities?
  • What keeps this traditional event going or why was it discontinued?
  • How are the identities of particular religious, cultural, or social groups reflected in their traditional gatherings?

We seek submissions from scholars, amateur folklorists, and community members alike.

Membership is required to submit, but it is easy and affordable to join!

Initial drafts are due July 1, 2022. Submit via email to texasfolkloresociety@gmail.com

The Texas Folklore Society was founded in 1909 and is a nonprofit membership organization dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the practices and customs of the people of Texas and the Southwest.