Great Plains Studies, Center for


Date of this Version



Great Plains Quarterly 33:3 (Summer 2013)


© 2013 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska


At once a history, a handbook, and a how-to, Through the Schoolhouse Door gathers together examples for folklorists, students, and educators of best practices—along with accompanying cautionary tales—on the impact that folklore, folklife, and folk arts have in the realm of education.

The book’s nine chapters offer accounts by folklorists and educators working throughout the United States, from New York to Florida and from Nebraska to Pennsylvania. In great detail, they describe the steps, roadblocks, successes, and frustrations that eventually coalesce into programs in which whole learning communities come to understand more about their neighbors, their cultural identities, and their places in the span of folk traditions.