Every Thursday

6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

Kennedy Barn String Band JAMS!!!!

Open to all musicians who play stringed instruments.  The group focuses on old time dance music, BUT welcome all genres.  Session is run "in the round" and all get a chance to select a title for the group or perform a piece independently.  They welcome all levels of musicianship.  Contact the Center at 304-367-4403






Italian Writer and Historian, Paolo Battaglia to be at WV Folklife Center

Mr. Paolo Battaglia, an Italian researcher, will be visiting our area on October 6-7, 2014 to meet the Italian American Appalachian community.

On Tuesday the 7th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, he will be at the Marion County Museum to meet the community one on one to talk about their family immigration stories and memories.

From 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm he will be at the Gabor WV Folklife Center where he will give a presentation on his immigration research, which will be followed by a time for discussion about family immigration stories and memories.

In the evening, he will travel to the Clarksburg area to meet with Mr. Louis Spatafore, President of the Calabria-West Virginia Italian Heritage Association for a tour of the area and a time of discussion about family immigration to that community.   Clarksburg contains the largest Italian American population in West Virginia. 

Paolo Battaglia, an Italian writer and historian, is interested in the Italian-American experience.  His latest research project in partnership with the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. has resulted in the publication of several books, such as Explorers, Emigrants, Citizens:  A Visual History of the Italian American Experience (Anniversary Books, 2013).  The unique history of our region, of the people of Italian origin that have settled here, and the terrible mining disaster that occurred in Monongah are the reasons that he is visiting and eager to talk to interested community members.  Unfortunately, the Monongah mine disaster is for many Italians a forgotten story that Mr. Battaglia wants to showcase in his forthcoming book that will be titled, Italian American Country.



Old Time Barn Dance

Thursday, October 30th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. in the Great Room of Cultures, an Old Time Barn Dance with caller.  It will feature a cake walk and costumes of the season are encouraged.  The event is open and free to the campus and community.


The Blues Tradition

Thursday, November 13th from 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. in the Great Room of Cultures, The Blues Tradition, featuring Bill Stalnaker, the founder of the Johnnie Johnson Blues and Jazz Festival in Fairmont.  The event is open and free to the campus and community.








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

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


FSUNow Stories

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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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host folk music events on Thursday evenings this fall.

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a folk music concert featuring Elmer Rich and Mark Crabtree is planned for 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, in The Great Room of Cultures at the Folklife Center. The public is invited to attend. Admission is free.

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is sponsoring a new art exhibit in downtown Fairmont exploring the common theme of identity.

The exhibit called “Identity Within and Without” will be on display throughout the month of September at the Joe-N-Throw Co-Op, 323 ½ Adams Street. The kickoff for the exhibit will take place on Friday, Sept. 5, as part of Main Street Fairmont’s First Friday. An opening reception is planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 6, at the Joe-N-Throw Co-Op.

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