Promoting the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes

 

Established: 2013

Helen Creighton and Edmund Henneberry, Devil's Island c.1950.
Helen Creighton and Edmund Henneberry, Devil’s Island c.1950.

Purpose:

  • To honour the work of local folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989)
  • To encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse folk culture of the Maritimes
  • To support the activities of the Helen Creighton Folklore Society

About our Fund…

The Helen Creighton Folklore Society Fund was established to support the work of the Society which is named in honour of folklorist Helen Creighton (1899-1989), who collected and published traditional music, stories and lore of Maritime Canada. Creighton was born and lived most of her life in Dartmouth, NS and her home, Evergreen House, is now a part of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum. Over the course of her career, Creighton collected over 4,000 songs, ballads and stories. She authored thirteen books of traditional songs, ballads and stories, of which her Bluenose Ghosts is the most widely known. She received many awards, including six honorary doctorates and the Order of Canada. Today the Society’s mandate is to encourage and promote work that reflects the diverse traditional and emerging folk culture of the Maritimes as exemplified by the work begun by Dr. Helen Creighton. Annual proceeds from the Fund are given to The Helen Creighton Folklore Society a charitable organization dedicated to promoting the folkloric culture of Maritime Canada. The Society continues to support research and programs in the folklore field.

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