B.B. MAURER WV FOLKLIFE SCHOLAR AWARD
Annually honoring a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation and perpetuation of our Appalachian cultural heritage, this award is named for Dr. B. B. Maurer (1920-2003), considered the “Father of Cultural Studies in West Virginia.”
2012 — Dr. Beth A. Newcome, historic textiles and costume presentation.
2011 — Davitt McAteer, author, Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster, the worst industrial accident in US history.
2010 — Kate Long is a media writer, storyteller, freelance broadcast producer,
songwriter, vocalist, a radio commentator, social advocate, youth counselor,
researcher and teacher.
2009 — Connie Regan-Blake, Storyteller
2008 — Phyllis Baxter, museum/historic preservation specialist
2007 — The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival
2006 — George and Mariwyn McClain Smith, McClain Printing Company,
book masters of West Virginia history and cultural heritage
2005 — Dr. Ken Sullivan, writer, editor, historian, and humanist
Executive Director, West Virginia Humanities Council
2004 — Patty Looman, traditional dulcimer musician and educator
2003 — John H. Randolph, folk arts and cultural preservationist, educator,
2002 — Jean Ritchie, traditional folk singer and musician
2001 — Richard N. (Dick) Schnacke, traditional toy maker
1999 — The Honorable Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, United States Senator
TRADITIONS SALUTE AWARD
An award that has demonstrated a passion and commitment towards the enhancement of West Virginia Folk Culture through education and public resources.
2011 — Community of Helvetia, WV
2010 — Fawn Valentine, author and quilter
2009 — The West Virginia Storytelling Guild
2008 — Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, museum
2007 — Rosalyn Burnett Queen Alonso, author
2006 — Phyllis Wilson Moore, literary historian
2004 — Charlotte Ann Meade, educator, poet
2002 — Rush & Ruby Butcher, cultural dance specialists
2001 — John H. Randolph, folk arts and cultural preservationist, educator, and artist
1999 — Ken Sullivan, editor/administrator, GoldenSeal, WV Humanities Council
1996 — Dennis Deitz, author
1995 — Kenneth G. Gilbert, Educator, Mountain Trace
1994 — Jerry D. Stover, educator
1993 — Dr. B. B. Maurer, educator, cultural scholar
A special recognition award in an area of folklore studies.
2003 — Mary Lee Settle, the literary arts
Nominations for these awards may be made to: The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State, 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.