The decorative iron grill work installed at the entrance of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center (in late August of 2012) was designed and executed by Greg Bray, Master Blacksmith and Executive Director of Pricketts Fort State Park.

It is a representation of several ethnic styles of ironwork. The top, or gable end, is representative of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) folk art, which is seen within the two mirror images of the folk art birds (which means happiness). The two birds are supporting the Gabor WV Folklife Center folk art logo, which in itself is representative of an Appalachian quilt design. The bottom third of the grill work is all scroll work of English origin, including the middle element, the heart (which means love).

The Grand Opening Celebration of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College, was held on October 27, 2011. Generous gifts, donations, and grants have been applied to the adaptive reuse of the historic properties, on the west side of campus, formerly known as The Colonial Apartments (c. 1941) and The Kennedy Barn site (c. 1903) on the original location of the Michael Kennedy Dairy Farm.

The Kennedy Barn, reminiscent of the Dutch Colonial Revivalist Style, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior on July 26, 2006.

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 367-3606


FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. In 2015, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are celebrating Fairmont State’s 150th birthday with special remembrances and events.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, author Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez will present a talk about his recent book “The Normal on Fairmont Avenue.” The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fifth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and Bill Holmes of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.

The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):

“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”

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