Songs to Keep
Marjorie Lansing Porter (1891-1973) dedicated her life to preserving the folksongs of the Adirondacks. Throughout the 40s and 50s, Porter traveled through New York State to interviewing and recording traditional musicians and singers creating a comprehensive song collection.
Like folksong collectors Alan Lomax and Anne and Frank Warner, she captured many songs just before the last living tradition bearers died. The Porter Collection, consisting of more than 300 traditional ballads, songs of the lumber camps and iron mines, Irish and French-Canadian songs, and Iroquois chants. The collection also includes dozens of oral histories and Porter’s collected writings.
Mountain Lake PBS, Traditional Arts of Upstate New York (TAUNY), SUNY Plattsburgh and The Adirondack History Center Museum have partnered on a multiplatform project to increase awareness of and access to the Marjorie L. Porter Collection of North Country Folklore, an important, largely unpublished folksong collection. Recently, the Special Collections Library at State University of New York digitized the collection, and Lee Knight, a close friend of Porter, has transcribed all the lyrics and completed substantial research on their origins and context. This project seeks to capitalize on this momentum by creating new publications and events to bring attention and further increase access to this important cultural asset.
Concert Series Dates and Times:
- 8/8/13 - 7:30 PM - Clayton Opera House
- 8/21/13 - 8 PM - Lake Placid Center for the Arts.
- 8/24/13 - 7:30 PM - View in Old Forge
- 9/14/13 - 7 PM - Edwards Opera House
- 9/20/13 - 6 PM - Adirondack History Center Museum
- 9/21/13 - 7 PM - Giltz Theater, Hawkins Hall, SUNY Plattsburgh