Helen Hartness Flanders

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Birthday
19, 1890
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
May 23, 1972 (82)
Birth Sign
Taurus
Birthday
19, 1890
Birthplace
Vermont
Death Date
May 23, 1972 (82)

About

New England folklorist who assembled a definitive collection of over 4,500 folk ballads sung around the region.

Before Fame

She and several other Vermont writers formed the Committee on Traditions and Ideals to help revive some of the state's culture of the past two centuries.

Trivia

Her remarkable collection took over three decades to assemble, as Flanders traveled the backroads of the country recording singers on her dictaphone.

Family Life

Her father James Hartnes served as Governor of Vermont from 1921 to 1923.

Associated With

Kathryn Tucker Windham also collected folklore. Her area of study was from the South and she retold the tales in her books.