Deadline for the Legends & Lore folklife roadside marker program is Oct. 2

Email from North Carolina Folklife Institute:

The Fall 2020 deadline for the Legends & Lore folklife roadside marker program is coming up on OCTOBER 2!

The applications now online at the Pomeroy Foundation’s website, HERE.

The North Carolina Folklife Institute is partnering with the William G. Pomeroy Foundation of New York to administer the Legends & Lore Roadside Marker Grant Program – a national initiative of the Pomeroy Foundation – in the state of North Carolina. The Legends & Lore marker program was created to  commemorate legends and folklore as an important part of every community’s cultural heritage, and promote folklife-based cultural tourism.

Selected applicants will receive an attractive, well-crafted metal road sign, resembling a historic marker, to commemorate a story, figure, or tradition important to their community’s folk heritage.

The Pomeroy Foundation will cover the costs of manufacturing the marker, the pole, and shipping. Grant recipients will be responsible for the installation of the marker (and, if required by their local transportation department, for the cost of a breakaway pole).

Examples of folklore that might be recognized with a marker include:

  • A local occurrence that has become an important story in your community – like a strange or memorable event, a supernatural phenomenon, or a folkloric explanation of a natural feature in the landscape;
  • A person in your community’s history or folklore about whom tales are told;
  • A special tradition — like a craft, a style of music, or a special festival — that is part of your community’s identity.

We will be very happy to answer questions about the application process anytime. Contact us at

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