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, October 08, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, Jo Ann Dadisman will present a workshop about ghost stories on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. 

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series continues at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University with a presentation on the “Great Migration of African Americans to the coal fields of West Virginia.”  Between 1870 and 1930 African Americans left the Deep South to seek better economic and educational opportunities and to escape Jim Crow laws that denied them voting rights. The speakers are Dr. Connie Rice and Ms. Ilene Evans.

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Friday, September 21, 2018

On Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ellesa Clay High will talk about Native Americans in modern Appalachia at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.  Dr. High's presentation is part of the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  

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