Roads to Appalachia through Italy
June 11 - June 25, 2007


The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University, in collaboration with FSU Student Affairs, Pierpont Community & Technical College and GEAR-UP, is proud to make available this exciting excursion to Italy. Our journey will be hosted by the WV Folkife Center's Director, Dr. Judy Prozzillo Byers, and the Center's Cultural Specialist, Mr. Noel W. Tenney. They will help us understand the unique similarities between Appalachia and Italia, especially "Mezzo Giorno" (Southern Italy). While in Italy, we will travel to various regions, explore famous cities and visit small villages, see magnificent architecture and fabulous works of art, enjoy wonderful food, attend an Italian festival, meet folk artisans and experience history at every turn. This travel abroad was designed as part of a year-long intensive study of Italian traditions and Appalachian influences, especially for participants to experience every aspect of Italian culture, combining education with the enjoyment of discovery along the way....

To see the Italy Website go to:


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


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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, May 28, 2015

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“Back through the years beyond time and space,
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