CUSTOM IRONWORK ADORNS FOLKLIFE CENTER

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
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.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
 


 

FSUNow Stories

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A special presentation at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on Sunday, March 22, will provide information on protecting and preserving our material culture. The event also will celebrate the closing of the exhibit, “Hanging by a Beautiful Thread: Celebrating the Fiber Arts,” which highlights the beauty in traditional fiber arts created in the home.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A collection of books on Irish folklore has been donated to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center in memory of Fairmont State University alumna Holly White.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center plans to create an exhibit featuring FSU history and traditions this spring.

“The Folklife Center is proud to celebrate the history, traditions and culture of this great University through a special exhibit. We need assistance from the Falcon family to identify artifacts that would help share the stories and lore of the past 150 years,” said Dr. Judy P. Byers, Executive Director of the Folklife Center.

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