Roads to Appalachia through Eastern Europe
July 12 - 24, 2010

Students Arnold Triplett and Jane Gilchrist have developed a website that was updated during the trip.
Find out where the group visited.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University is proud to make available this exciting excursion in which we will travel through Romania (including Transylvania), Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland. Among the heavy wave of settlers into Central Appalachia during the early 20th Century's Industrial Revolution, many immigrants came from these Eastern European countries. Settling in coal camps and other industrial places, these Eastern Europeans brought with them varied traditions, customs, storytelling, and other folkloric elements that are still perpetuated in parts of Central Appalachia. Unfortunately, until 1989, Eastern Europe was a foreboding place, plagued with the remnants of war and communism. Now Eastern Europe is open and welcoming. The time is right, therefore, for this culturally diverse area to be studied and celebrated. Green Hills of Magic: West Virginia Folktales from Europe, collected by Dr. Ruth Ann Musick, is an important guide to various sites and content that will comprise this particular study abroad program. Our hosts for this special adventure will be Dr. Judy Prozzillo Byers, Director, and Noel W. Tenney, Cultural Specialist, both of the Folklife Center. They will travel with us and help us connect to the similarities between folklife in our Appalachia and the unique countries we will be visiting. The myths and legends will fascinate and entertain us along the way. We will visit castles, folklife museums, famous cities, historical villages, cathedrals, and ancient sites while learning about and researching this truly fascinating region of Europe.


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) 333-3606


FSUNow Stories

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 35.

Ten Kestrel contributors will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion, as well as give readings from their own work.

On Friday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Jaynes Hall 304, Dr. Elizabeth Savage will moderate a panel discussion on the topic, “Accessibility,” featuring visiting writers. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will officially open a new exhibition, “From Mountain Roots….” in its Ruth Ann Musick Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Admission to the opening reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through mid-February 2017. For more information, call (304) 367-4403.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host “Film & Fiction Italian Family Style: An Afternoon of Italian Heritage” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Diana Pishner Walker will read from her children’s books, and her sister Anna Pishner Harsh offer a premier screening of “La Danza-Bridging Time Through Dance,” an Italian dance documentary. Walker and Harsh’s paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Italy, (Reggio Calabria), and their maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Provence of Cosenza, Italy.

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