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 campus, the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is home to scholarly research, archives, publications, community programs and events,  workshops, exhibitions, and undergraduate studies in Folklore and Museum Studies.  Part of the College of Liberal Arts, the Folklife  Center and its programs are an asset to the broader communities within and beyond the University.

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.

Courses Offered

Fall Semester 2017

FOLK 2200 Introduction to Folklore
FOLK 2201 Lab Field Research/Oral History
FOLK 3320 The Art of Storytelling
FOLK 3361 Folk Music
FOLK 3399 Appalachian Teaching Project
FOLK 4400 Directed Folklore Study
FOLK 4401 Folklore Applications/Capstone
 
MUSM 1100 Introduction to Museum Studies
MUSM 3210 Museum Interpretation and Education
MUSM 4290 Practicum/Internship/Capstone

 

Fall Semester 2018

FOLK 2200 Introduction to Folklore
FOLK 2201 Lab Field Research/Oral History
FOLK 2150  Folk Arts
FOLK 3302 Regional Cultural Geography & History
FOLK 3399 Appalachian Teaching Project
FOLK 4400 Directed Folklore Study
FOLK 4401 Folklore Applications/Capstone
 
MUSM 1100 Introduction to Museum Studies
MUSM 2150 Folk Arts
MUSM 3220 Collections Management
MUSM 4290 Practicum/Internship/Capstone

 

FSUNow Stories

Monday, March 04, 2019

Writers are often told to “write what you know.”  Natalie Sypolt and Nancy Abrams, authors with ties to Preston County, have done just that, creating images of a sometimes idyllic, sometimes gritty, but always fascinating Appalachia. They will read from their new books at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on Tuesday, March 5 at 7 p.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

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Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host four authors this semester – Jerald Pope, Natalie Sypolt, Nancy Abrams, and Amy Williams Wilson.  These presentations are free and open to the public. First in the series is Jerald Pope, known for his children’s picture books, Fetch and The Owl Girl. Pope will engage listeners in a discussion of his work on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Folklife Center. 

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What happens to a town that loses its heart?This is the question filmmaker Rebecca Williams asked about Swannanoa, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, once home to Beacon Blankets, the largest manufacturer of blankets in the world. The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is excited to host a screening of the documentary film, “Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Community”, followed by a conversation with filmmaker and documentarian, Rebecca William

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