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Western Folklife Center Happenings

The Western Folklife Center and Great Basin College are pleased to announce a Writing Workshop and a Concert of music and poetry with Alaska's Fiddlin' Poet, Ken Waldman on Saturday, June 24. Read more.

Let's Dance! every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at the Western Folklife Center, 6:00-9:00pm - LearnBasque Dancing June 8 and 22. Check individual events in calendar for more info.

The new Moving Rural Verse - DVD is available in the Gift Shop. Visit us at 501 Railroad Street, Elko, or call 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885) to order. Read More about Moving Rural Verse.

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

Photo by Jessica Brandi Lifland

The Western Folklife Center is now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering Western Mercantile.  Read more and apply.

Featured Video

Celebrating the traditional wedding season and Father's Day in one lovely melody sung by Brenn Hill. This video of "Daddy's Last Waltz" is from the 2014 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, produced annually by the Western Folklife Center in January. Join us in Elko, Nevada, for the 34th Gathering, January 29-February 3, 2018.

Featured Audio

In this Ranch Rhymes podcast episode from 2008, we share poems from Rodney Nelson, Yvonne Hollenbeck and Randy Rieman, plus a special story from Karen and Ken Dagney of Reno, Nevada, as we celebrate the month of June. Rodney and Yvonne were recorded during the 2007 National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, and Randy recites Charles Badger Clark's "The Married Man" in a recording from the 2002 Gathering.

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