The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Mission Statement

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College is dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications. The WV Folklife Center is part of the College of Liberal Arts.

 

Courses Offered

  FOLK 1100 Introduction to Museums
  FOLK 1150 Folk Arts
  FOLK 2200 Introduction to Folklore
  FOLK 1136 Lab Field Res/Oral History
  FOLK 2180 Museum Education Programming
  FOLK 2000 Museum Exhibit Design & Prep
  FOLK 2995 Museum Internship
  FOLK 3300 Folk Literature
  FOLK 3302 Reg Cultural Geography & History
  FOLK 4400 Directed Folklore Study
  FOLK 4401 Folklore Applications

 

 

Join us for a special topics course on folk music

Introduction to Folk Music 3399-01 will introduce students to traditional Appalachian music, emphasizing its history, instruments, and the people important to its perpetuation and preservation. Under the instruction of Lynette Swiger, a Folk Music Specialist, students will identify the major traditional Appalachian instruments and their pathways into West Virginia, as well as identify the major immigrant influences on traditional music. Through tracking the progression of various musical genres as well as studying regional musicians, both living and deceased, students will learn the relevance traditional music has had on the development of today’s music and the influence these individuals have had to the continuance of musical heritage. Throughout the semester, students will also learn traditional tunes on a lap dulcimer and participate in a heritage dance event.

Course information:
Intro to Folk Music – 9203 – FOLK 339-01
Fall Semester 2014
Aug 18, 2014 – Dec 12, 2014
Thursday, 6:00pm-8:50pm
Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Instructor, Lynette Swiger

 

                

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu
wvfolklife@pierpont.edu

Dr. Judy P. Byers
Dr. Judy P. Byers
, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu
jbyers@pierpont.edu


 

FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

The Calabria-West Virginia Heritage Association and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University are hosting a speaker in November as part of their Folk Culture Lecture Series.

Historian and humanist Antonia Prosperati, a native of San Giovanni in Fiore, Region of Calabria, Italy, will present a presentation titled “A Perspective on the History and Culture of San Giovanni in Fiore” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 9, in “The San Giovanni Room” of Muriale’s Restaurant, 1742 Fairmont Ave., Fairmont.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host an Old-Fashioned Folk Dance/Cake Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 30.

Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call (304) 367-4403.

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Monday, September 29, 2014

A local family has donated a first edition set of Civil War history books to Fairmont State University and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center in honor of Norman L. Kronjaeger.

Through the Fairmont State Foundation, Inc., Laura Kronjaeger Baker of Fairmont and Sherry Kronjaeger Hickman of Cornelius, N.C., presented “The Photographic History of the Civil War in Ten Volumes” to Dr. Judy P. Byers, Executive Director of the Folklife Center, and Tammy Whitacre, Director of Development for the Foundation, on Friday, Sept. 12.

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