The Folklore Society was and is an esteemed society and its members some of the best and brightest of the age. This book brings together the opening speeches given by the presidents at the star of each of their annual meetings. These speeches are a fascinating window in to the science of folklore study. Many of the earliest books, particularly those dating back to the 1900's and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, using the original text and artwork.