New York Legends and Folklore Celebrated on Roadside Markers

Fully Funded Grant Program Accepting Applications Through October 31

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The William G. Pomeroy Foundation invites communities across New York State to celebrate folklore with fully funded commemorative signage through its Legends & Lore roadside marker grant program. 

Launched in partnership with the New York Folklore Society, the Legends & Lore program is designed to promote cultural tourism and commemorate legends and folklore as an important part of our cultural heritage. 

The Pomeroy Foundation will begin accepting applications for the program’s latest grant round on Friday, Aug. 31. Application materials for Legends & Lore markers are available on the Foundation’s website: The deadline for applying is Wednesday, October 31, 2018.

Since the program’s launch in 2015, the Pomeroy Foundation has already helped more than 35 communities in New York to commemorate their own fascinating local stories. 

One of those Legends & Lore markers celebrates Ichabod Crane and “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” It’s said that this famous Washington Irving character was based on a real schoolteacher in Kinderhook, New York. 

What great narratives in your region should be told? You can help put the spotlight on those unique stories with a Legends & Lore roadside marker. Municipalities and charitable 501(c)(3) organizations in New York are welcome to apply. Local historical organizations or municipal historians will often apply on behalf of property owners. 

For information about all of the Foundation’s historic signage programs, grant guidelines, and how to apply, visit: or call (315) 913-4060. 

About The William G. Pomeroy Foundation:

The William G. Pomeroy Foundation is a private foundation established in 2005 by Bill Pomeroy. The Foundation’s two main initiatives are to diversify the Be the Match Registry by supporting bone marrow drives and helping people celebrate their community’s history through a variety of historic signage grant programs. To date, the Foundation has awarded more than 700 grants for historic signage in New York and beyond.

About New York Folklore Society

The New York Folklore Society fosters the study, promotion, and continuation of folklore and folklife of New York’s diverse cultures through education, advocacy, support and outreach. Visit:

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Steve Bodnar
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The William G. Pomeroy Foundation