Canton’s TAUNY spearheads project that leads to documentary winning an Emmy
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 11:34 am

CANTON -- A documentary fostered by TAUNY in Canton about Adirondack song collector Marjorie Lansing Porter has won a New England Emmy.

“Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector,” produced by Mountain Lake PBS as part of a regional project spearheaded by Traditional Arts in Upstate New York (TAUNY) took the prize for Outstanding Documentary. Producer Paul Larson accepted the award in Boston last week.

The documentary earned the top commendation at the 37th annual Boston/New England Emmy Awards presentation on Saturday, June 7.

Marjorie Lansing Porter collected more than 300 songs in the Adirondacks with a SoundScriber recorder in the 1940s and 1950s. That collection has been cared for by SUNY Plattsburgh Feinberg Library's Special Collections. In 2013, then TAUNY Program Director Hannah Harvester initiated a collaboration with SUNY Plattsburgh, Adirondack History Center Museum, Mountain Lake PBS, and a group of Adirondack scholars and musicians, to present this largely forgotten regional treasurer to a broader audience. In addition to the documentary, the collaboration produced an album of songs from the collection performed by Adirondack musicians, a song book, a traveling exhibit about Porter’s life, and a concert tour.