Folk Arts in Education


Please explore our current Folk Artist Roster and other Education resources below, which provide a wealth of links for state, regional, and national curricula, lesson plans, and resources, many of which were produced by the Oregon Historical Society’s Oregon Folklife Program staff. Also see our National Folklore Resources.


Folklife in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest

  • Cannon Beach History Center and Museum preserves the history of Cannon Beach, Oregon by seeking, collecting, and protecting historical memorabilia of all kinds, by recording oral histories, and by making these materials available to the public whenever possible.  See especially Kids and Educators.
  • Linda Allen/October Rose Productions:  Linda is a songwriter, folklorist, and teacher who has worked with the Washington Women’s History Project,  the Cultural Enrichment and Folklife Programs of the State Arts Commission and the Folklife in the Schools program.  Her website includes song samples and links to curriculum books.
  • Maritime Folklife in Lincoln City is a curriculum packet designed for use by students in grades 3-8 of Oregon schools.  Topics explored are: “What is Maritime Folklife?”; “Native American Fishing Traditions”; “Commercial Fishing: A Traditional Occupation”; “The Old Days of Commercial Fishing”; “Recreational Fishing”; and “Community Life.”
  • Mexican American Folklife in Oregon is a teacher’s guide that features text, photographs, and suggested student activities.  Teachers can open this link and connect it with their SMART boards to help grades 2-8 to understand more about Oregon’s tribal peoples and Mexican American communities.
  • Miracle Theatre Group/Teatro Milagro gives a prominent voice to issues affecting the local and national Hispanic community.  The group produces a broad array of programming that includes public performances as well as specialized touring and education projects that currently encompass all of the Western states.  Study guides relating to Miracle Theatre Group’s plays are also available to educators.
  • Northwest Heritage Resources is a non-profit organization first established in Washington state in 1995.  Its’ mission is to conserve cultural heritage and to present, promote, preserve and document the diverse cultural traditions of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Northwest Oral History Association is a regional organization of oral historians, users of oral histories, and others interested in the collection and preservation of historically significant memories through recorded interviews.
  • Oregon 150: To celebrate the state’s 150th birthday, Oregon educators have compiled their favorite lesson plans on Oregon history, civics and geography.
  • Oregon Folklife Student Resource is designed to provide teachers, students, and the general public a sense of the diverse people and events that comprise the history of Oregon.
  • Oregon Is Indian Country: A Student Magazine is a companion piece to a traveling exhibit produced by the Oregon Historical Society in partnership with Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes.  The activities in the magazine were created and reviewed by folklorists and educators and they are geared toward students in grades 6-12.
  • Oregon Historical Society: “Masters of Ceremony” is a virtual exhibit that looks at how we–as cultures and individuals–mark life passages and how traditional art, rituals, and stories communicate knowledge about transitions from one phase of life to the next.
  • The Pacific Northwest Folklore Society is devoted to the understanding and development of the folklore of this area. Collection, study, preservation, publication, and performance are all aspects of the Society’s activities.  The website includes useful links, downloads, and resources for teachers and student.