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The #FolkloreThursday movement began on Twitter in June of 2015, encouraging folklore enthusiasts to contribute their own knowledge of fairy tales, fables, crafts, folk music, folk art, children's rhymes, and more. Since then, the #FolkloreThursday website has become "a place to post folklore related blog posts, quotes, and other oddments." Contributions are fact-checked by hosts Willow Winsham (a historian who recently published the book Accused: British Witches Throughout History) and DeeDee Chainey (educator and writer) and cover a variety of topics. For instance, children's book writer H.J. Blenkinsop explores "the curious origins of nursery rhyme cats," while historian Catherine Curzon examines the propensity across cultures to link birds with death. As Chainey recently told The Independent, "Folklore, traditionally is an oral thing. It's only in recent years that people have started studying and documenting it on a wide scale... Reading other people's blog posts is often a great way to get an overview of a subject without having to dig through piles of papers that might be in a different city, or might be unavailable altogether."
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Date of Scout Publication 2016-08-19
Archived Scout Publication URL https://scout.wisc.edu/report/2016/0819

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