Midwest Folk

The Midwest Folklorist’s Retreat is a bi-annual gathering of folklorists and like-minded colleagues in the Midwest. Some activities at recent gatherings include:

  • neighborhood  and cultural tours
  • professional development workshops
  • opportunities to sample local foodways
  • planning sessions for the region led by skilled facilitators
  • the chance to network and spend time with each other face to face

Come join us in 2016 in Columbus, Ohio. If you are interested in being on the leadership council for this group, please be in touch with Lisa at rathje.lisa (at) gmail.com .


Check out the video from our latest retreat!




The Midwest Folk Festival is an annual celebration of the rich folklife traditions that exist throughout the Upper Midwest.  The festival rotates between the many partner states that help to make this event a success. See the festival website for information on past festivals at  http://www.midwestfolklifefestival.org .

Midwest Folklife Festival 1

Audience at the Midwest Folklife Festival in Bishop Hill, Illinois 2009