Graduation Weekend at the
Western Folklife Center

Western Folklife Center Happenings

In the Wiegand Gallery:

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits by Kevin Martini-Fuller

Portraits of the Gathering - acclaimed photographer Kevin Martini-Fuller shares over 30 years of portraits from the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in the Gallery and in a special Elko Storefront Exhibition. Also exhibiting: I’ve Got Spurs, vintage to contemporary handcrafted spurs. Read more.

Western Folklife Center Gift Shop opens New Online Store

We’ve recently relocated the Gift Shop link to our top navigation, above, and opened our new Online Gift Store, featuring selected Western Folklife Center-produced items along with Memberships. As always, give us a call for telephone orders or questions, 775-738-7508, extension 234 (Toll Free at 1-888-880-5885), or email us at

Moving Rural Verse Poem Films


At the core of our Moving Rural Verse series are four poems that powerfully communicate contemporary rural issues, ideas and insight—and, in particular, the subject of water in the West.

Produced in collaboration with respected Western poets and experienced video artists. Read More. Buy the DVD.

Featured Video

We’re reprising this video to celebrate the traditional wedding season and Father's Day, with one lovely melody sung by Brenn Hill. This video of "Daddy's Last Waltz" is from the 2014 Gathering. Join us in Elko, for our 36th Gathering, January 27-February 1, 2020: tickets go on sale to Western Folklife Center members the day after Labor Day and to the general public one month later.

Featured Audio

Mound Valley School, c. 2008

Mound Valley School, c. 2008

As the school year winds towards summer, we share "One Room School," a Deep West Radio Documentary from 2008, when the Western Folklife Center traveled to the tiny rural community of Jiggs, Nevada. Although most one-room schools have gone the way of the slide rule, such schools as the Mound Valley School remain vital in tiny rural communities. Listen to more of the 2002-2012 series.

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