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Deceased Shaker Babies

Background Location: New Lebanon, NY Informant: J.R. – 23 year old male, originally from New York State, attended the same high school as the collector Context This legend has been told to me many times from many different sources, specific to a boarding school in the remote mountains of the New York Berkshires. The boarding… Continue Reading »

Playground Lingo

Context: The informant is a 23-year-old white female from Florida who grew up with her parents and two older siblings. When the informant was in grade school, a common accusation between kids swinging on adjacent swings, when someone got too close to them, was, “You’re in my shower!” Analysis: The informant says she remembers the… Continue Reading »

Devil’s Night

My informant told me about the traditions surrounding Devil’s Night, or October 30th, the night before Halloween. She mentioned that the normal activities boys would participate in would be egging houses at night and “doorbell ditching.” When egging became an issue of destruction of property and legal action could be taken against the children involved,… Continue Reading »