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

Friday, September 16, 2022

Fairmont State University will welcome prospective students at its fall Maroon & White Day on Saturday, October 15.

Fairmont State hosts students each fall and spring for its large-scale, on-campus open house where traditional and non-traditional students and their families are provided the opportunity to explore the University’s offerings.

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Thursday, September 08, 2022

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art and the Fairmont State University Department of Humanities are pleased to announce the publication of Kestrel 47, the Summer 2022 issue.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Fairmont State University’s Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host the Ballads, Hymns and Dulcimers benefit concert on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public with donations to be accepted to aid flood victims in Eastern Kentucky. Musicians including Rob N. Lackey, Lynette Swiger and The Kennedy Barn String Band will be featured during the benefit concert.

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