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Folklorist McHale wins grant to study life on backstretch

Ellen McHale, executive director of the New York Folklore Society, has received a national Archie Green Fellowship grant, which she will use to continue her studies of life on the backstretch of racetracks.
Ellen McHale, executive director of the New York Folklore Society, has received a national Archie Green Fellowship grant, which she will use to continue her studies of life on the backstretch of racetracks.
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While most sports fans are anxiously awaiting The Belmont Stakes and I’ll Have Another’s bid for the Triple Crown on Saturday, Ellen McHale will be looking into another, far-less-glamorous side of horse racing. Executive director at the New York Folklore Society based in Schenectady, McHale is one of five Archie Green Fellowship winners selected by the Library of Congress late last month. As an Archie Green Fellow, McHale will document the culture and traditions of ...


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