The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Housed in an award-winning repurposed historic barn building on the Fairmont State University campus, the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is home to the Ruth Ann Musick folklore archives, the Phyllis W. Moore West Virginia Authors archives, and the Patty Looman collection. These collections and additional archival materials can be made available for scholars and student researchers. The Center is part of the College of Liberal Arts and houses the University’s undergraduate programs in folklore and museum studies. The Center serves the University and the broader community through scholarship, publications, workshops, exhibitions, and outreach events.

Mission Statement

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University is dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications.

Folklife Center News Stories

Monday, May 16, 2022

On Wednesday, May 11 Fairmont State honored staff during the University's first Staff Award Ceremony since the COVID pandemic. During the ceremony staff were applauded for their dedication to the University, while several received awards and recognition. 

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Fairmont State University’s Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host local author, Anna Pishner Harsh, as part of its Second Saturday event series on May 14.

Harsh will present a writing workshop and book signing taking place at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

She will also discuss and provide guidance for budding writers wishing to put their personal stories to paper.

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Monday, May 09, 2022

Fairmont State honored faculty members during the University’s first in-person Faculty Awards Ceremony since the COVID pandemic on Thursday, May 5. During the ceremony, faculty members were recognized for their achievements throughout the academic year and beyond.

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