Various artifact collections have recently been placed in the Folklife Center Archives, and resources to properly process and store these artifacts have been obtained. The Folklife Center at Fairmont State University actively seeks donations of any artifacts that will help interpret West Virginia folklife. This may include photographs, family memorabilia, journals, letters, oral histories and folklore, and any other materials of such nature. Individuals who may want to contribute to this growing collection should contact Dr. Judy P. Byers or Mr. Noel W. Tenney at the WV Folklife Center at Fairmont State University.

Patty Looman Collection - A recent acquisition from Patty Looman has been added to the archives.  This collection features more than 200 books on the subject of traditional, regional music.  As well as song books, how to play books, and a variety of historical works.  Also included in the collection is more than 450 cassette tapes, many are commercially produced, but there are a significant number of cassettes that were self-recorded by Patty during jam sessions.  The attached Finding Aid provides a detailed listing of the collection holdings.

Heritage Textiles Collection Russell Wright Pottery Collection
Ruth Ann Musick Literary Collection Buddy Myers Photo Collection
   

 

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu


Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 333-3606
pmusick@fairmontstate.edu
 


 

FSUNow Stories

Monday, November 07, 2016

A series of events will honor Fairmont native and “Forgotten Hero” James Show Maddox.

“This is a really inspirational story of leadership and survival and is an account of a World War II incident involving a young U.S. Navy ensign who grew up on Pittsburgh Avenue in Fairmont,” said local historian M. Raymond Alvarez, who became fascinated by Maddox’s story and has written a 50-page local history publication titled “Forgotten Hero.”

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 35.

Ten Kestrel contributors will be on campus to participate in a panel discussion, as well as give readings from their own work.

On Friday, Sept. 23, from 1 to 1:50 p.m. in Jaynes Hall 304, Dr. Elizabeth Savage will moderate a panel discussion on the topic, “Accessibility,” featuring visiting writers. Admission to the event is free and open to the public.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will officially open a new exhibition, “From Mountain Roots….” in its Ruth Ann Musick Gallery from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9.

Admission to the opening reception and the exhibit is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on view through mid-February 2017. For more information, call (304) 367-4403.

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