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, July 30, 2018

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support the “Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series.”  This series of programs features scholars/practitioners who will look beyond the "white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class" culture that is commonly believed to represent all of Appalachia to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities.

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thanks to the success of the workshops held in June, Tamarack Artist and Fairmont State alumna D. Jane Gilchrest returns to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on August 1 and 2 to present a second round of “Mug Ruggin It”, an introductory weaving workshop in the style of traditional Appalachian rag rugs.  

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Do your children like to act out stories? Do they sit around the table and swap tall-tales?  If so, sign them up for camp. The Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center is partnering with the Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts for Putting It Together: Building a Show from Local Stories and Lore. This week-long creative day-camp for children in grades 3 to 8 runs June 18 – 22. It features instruction in acting, storytelling, folklore, music, writing, and local history.

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