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Traditions Vol. 10: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Educational Awareness

Welcome to our “literary issue” of Traditions, celebrating the new literary map of West Virginia, From a Place Called Solid: West Virginia and Its Writers. Available in both a rolled or folded version, we are delighted that the map has been so well received. It hangs in classrooms, libraries, businesses, and homes throughout the mountain state and beyond. It has its place in the Library of Congress, along with the maps of forty-three other states, and it even a part of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) Gallery of Literary Maps, displayed at the annual national conference.

In this issue, we are showcasing how the “power of pen” and the “power of folk culture” join together to illuminate this unique sense of place called West Virginia. We dedicate this special issue to Phyllis Wilson Moore, whose tireless efforts to recognize West Virginia’s authors have made this issue and literary maps realities. We thank her for “sending out the call’ which has resulted in this rich sampling of poetry, prose, criticism, and reviews unfold like a vibrant patchwork quilt throughout these pages.

We hope that you all enjoy reading these new literary pieces and are inspired to write from your own cultural perspective. For those of you who teach, we hope that you will foster West Virginia literature as an important part of learning for your students. Lastly, we hope that this issue will encourage more scholarship and resources about “West Virginia and its writers.”

Ten volumes of Traditions are in circulation ($6.00 each)

In the Mountain State Curriculum In the Mountain State is designed primarily as a teacher guide for a 4-8 grade program of West Virginia studies; however it provides an excellent resource for other applications on both. ($25.00 each)

Hillchild is written about, for, and by children of West Virginia. It contains stories, poetry, drawing, folklore, cartoons, and more, many of which are sent in by students from across West Virginia. Publication is being funded in part by the West Virginia Humanities Council and Fairmont State.

Three volumes of Hillchild are in circulation ($3.00 each)

print by Noel W. Tenney Collector's edition print of the design used for the cover of Hillchild: A Folklore Chapbook about, for, and by West Virginia Children, Volume 2, 2003 ($25.00 each)
Literary map A Literary Map of West Virginia The front of the map is dedicated to the oral literature that came before and highlights 35 authors from the 35th state. The reverse side of the map lists over 145 West Virginia writers. ($6.00 each+ $4.00 s&h)
Dulcimer Man Book The Dulcier Man, The Russell Fluharty Story
A 182 page, paperback book about an ancient stringed musical instrument known as the dulcimer and a man whose dream it was to preserve it. The dulcimer is a unique instrument, and this is the story of a unique man and his life. (ISBN 0-87012-723-3)($20.00 each)
Fluharty CD Russell Fluharty, "The Dulcimer Man,"
A CD of Russell Fluharty playing the hammered dulcimer is available through the Folklife Center. These 18 traditional folk songs are a reissuing of an LP, arranged and presented by Russell Fluharty, entitled West Virginia Heritage: Featuring Russell Fluharty, "The Dulcimer Man," with permission of the family and in collaboration with the Vandalia Heritage Foundation's Legacy Program. ($15.00 each)

To place an order for any of these publications, please print and fill out our form and mail it along with your check or money order to:

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470

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FSUNow Stories

Friday, March 24, 2017

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art and the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 36 featuring nine Kestrel writers on March 31 and April 1.

Events will be located in Jaynes Hall and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the FSU campus and at the community coffeehouse, Joe ‘n Throw, 323 ½ Adams St., Fairmont.

On Friday, March 31, three day-time events are free and open to the public:

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University presented two awards at the Midwinter Gathering for the Friends of the Folklife Center on Friday, Feb. 24.

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Monday, November 07, 2016

A series of events will honor Fairmont native and “Forgotten Hero” James Show Maddox.

“This is a really inspirational story of leadership and survival and is an account of a World War II incident involving a young U.S. Navy ensign who grew up on Pittsburgh Avenue in Fairmont,” said local historian M. Raymond Alvarez, who became fascinated by Maddox’s story and has written a 50-page local history publication titled “Forgotten Hero.”

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