Welcome to the Gallery of Folklore & Popular Culture!

Happy February!

We have chosen several traditional and a few unique holidays to highlight this month. One holiday that we do not have an artifact for is Groundhog’s Day, February 2nd. However, we cannot leave such a fun celebration out, so we are highlighting a clip from Bill Murray’s 1993 film, Groundhog’s Day. Enjoy!

“Groundhog’s Day” Chase Scene

Please visit the Calendar Corner page to the rest of February’s offerings!


Take a look at our POP-UP EXHIBIT–low-profile oddball objects that defy most categories. You will be entertained and amazed by these artifacts.

Happy New Year from the Gallery of Folklore & Popular Culture!

We wish you a happy and healthy 2018.

Please visit the Calendar Corner to view the intriguing artifacts that help to celebrate the festive days of January.

Origami Crane


Front View
Traditional attire-Netherlands-Dutch-Faux lace-12″ x 10 1/2″

Do you like to go out “Dutch Treat” where everyone pays for their own meal?

Well, I have a different kind of Dutch Treat for you. This one is about Dutch Traditions in Southern California, specifically Dutch foods and Sinterklaas customs documented in slides and with music. Check it out.

This website is dedicated to exploring material culture and contemplating the possible meanings for people who possess these objects. Additionally, we provide information about the backgrounds of the artifacts.

Decorated Lion Incense burner

As a professional folklorist, I have collected these objects over the decades. To some, these items might seem trivial. NOT SO. I consider them cultural and historical gems, important clues about society that need to be identified and preserved.

Good luck-Thailand-Thai-Plastic/fabric/beads/string-6″ x 7″
Miniature Screen panels with Chinese figures in traditional dress

Visit the Discussion Board to post comments or personal stories about objects. Additionally, we solicit your input to correct errors and add enlightenment.  We encourage you to contact: flpcgallery@gmail.com.

Mexican chile-man with sombrero playing guitar

This site is constantly growing and evolving, so KEEP ON COMING BACK!


Norine Dresser-Folklorist/Collector & Mariah Chase-Curator/Photographer

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