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

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center’s new exhibition, “Always Here: Native Americans in West Virginia,” opens Thursday, February 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. At 5 p.m., after a brief welcome from exhibition curator and the center’s interim director, Pat Musick, Lakota elder Bob Pirner will give a traditional invocation.

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Thursday, February 08, 2018

Professor Miles Leeson of the University of Chichester, UK will present a lecture, “Flesh/Flash: Novels, Navels, and Encoding Friendship” on Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Folklife Center, according to Dr. Angela Schwer, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature.

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Thursday, November 09, 2017

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a folk music concert featuring Kim Johnson and Bobby Taylor is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in The Great Room of Cultures at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. The public is invited to attend and admission is free. Additionally, the Kennedy Barn String Band will provide pre-concert music for the enjoyment of early arrivals.

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