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The story of the Arizona Folklore Preserve is the story of a dream-come-true for Mr. Dolan Ellis, Arizona’s Official State Balladeer. Dolan wanted a place where the songs and stories celebrating Arizona and our western heritage and culture could be performed and preserved.

Originally Dolan thought this center should be located in Fountain Hills, near Phoenix. However in 1990 he and his former wife Rose visited southeastern Arizona’s Huachuca Mountains. They fell in love with this beautiful area, rich in history and folklore, and subsequently bought 15 acres in Ramsey Canyon...

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The Arizona Folklore Preserve

Where Arizona’s songs, legends, poetry, and myths are collected, presented for audiences of today, and preserved for the enrichment of future generations.

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Arizona’s Official State Balladeer

After more than 55 years as Arizona’s Official State Balladeer, Dolan Ellis continues to proudly hang his cowboy hat on that handle. It was Governor Sam Goddard who created the title and made the appointment official in 1966. It was right after Dolan left “The New Christy Minstrels” at the height of their fame, and returned home to his beloved state to devote his full talents to capturing Arizona, its culture, and its history, in song and photograph. Arizona was the first state in the United States of America to have an “Official State Balladeer”

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