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.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is currently closed to the community.  However, we are offering these online events which are free and open to the public.

Collecting Family History with Eric Douglas

(A workshop about oral history collection)
Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Fairmontstate.edu/AuthorSeriesDouglas
Meeting number: 129 870 7811
Password: FolklifeCenter

WV Storytelling Guild: A People Upon the Land

(A storytelling presentation)
Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Fairmontstate.edu/WVStoryGuild
Meeting number: 173 857 9523
Password: WVSGTELLERS
 

The Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series

Cicero Fain author of Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story

Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.
Fairmontstate.edu/AuthorSeriesFain
Meeting number:  129 960 9580
Password: Fain

 

Bonnie Proudfoot author of Goshen Road A Novel

Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Fairmontstate.edu/AuthorSeriesProudfoot
Meeting number: 129 683 8258
Password: Proudfoot

 

Burnis Morris author of Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations

Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m.
https://www.fairmontstate.edu/AuthorSeriesMoore
Meeting number: 129 373 4714
Password: Morris


 

Folklife Center News Stories

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

While the global pandemic has caused many setbacks for artists around the world, Annick Odom, a West Virginia musician living in the Netherlands, channeled her creative energy into an unlikely project. While quarantined, Odom worked with fellow musician and housemate, Federico Forla, an Italian oboist residing in the Netherlands, on a new piece inspired by one of the few books on her bookshelf at the time — A Collection of West Virginia Ghost Stories.  

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

A team of Fairmont State University students will take part in the 2020 Appalachian Teaching Project virtual conference this weekend.  
 

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Monday, October 05, 2020

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has partnered with the Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission and the Marion County Convention and Visitors Bureau (MCCVB) to enhance tourism in Marion County while improving the quality of life for West Virginians. This collaboration is a component of “Voicing History: Enhancing Tourism Through Story,” an Appalachian Teaching Project (ATP) funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). 

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