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Q&A: Head of Folklore Society is a champion of oral histories

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According to Ellen McHale, the written word is not always the final word. In fact, as executive director of the New York State Folklore Society, McHale says that oral history can be every bit as entertaining and accurate as a history book, if not more. An Elmira native who grew up in Whitehall and graduated from high school there as class valedictorian in 1977, McHale headed off to Wesleyan University in Connecticut to study music. ...


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