Annually honoring a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the preservation and perpetuation of our Appalachian cultural heritage, this award is named for Dr. B. B. Maurer (1920-2003), considered the “Father of Cultural Studies in West Virginia.”



2013--  Maggie Anderson, poet

2012 — Dr. Beth A. Newcome, historic textiles and costume presentation.

2011 — Davitt McAteer, author, Monongah: The Tragic Story of the 1907 Monongah Mine Disaster, the worst industrial accident in US history.

2010 — Kate Long is a media writer, storyteller, freelance broadcast producer,
             songwriter, vocalist, a radio commentator, social advocate, youth counselor,
             researcher, and teacher.

2009 — Connie Regan-Blake, Storyteller

2008 — Phyllis Baxter, museum/historic preservation specialist

2007 — The West Virginia Italian Heritage Festival

2006 — George and Mariwyn McClain Smith, McClain Printing Company,
              book masters of West Virginia history and cultural heritage

2005 — Dr. Ken Sullivan, writer, editor, historian, and humanist
              Executive Director, West Virginia Humanities Council

2004 — Patty Looman, traditional dulcimer musician and educator

2003 — John H. Randolph, folk arts and cultural preservationist, educator,
             and artist

2002 — Jean Ritchie, traditional folk singer and musician

2001 — Richard N. (Dick) Schnacke, traditional toy maker

1999 — The Honorable Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia, United States Senator




An award that has demonstrated a passion and commitment towards the enhancement of West Virginia Folk Culture through education and public resources.



2011 — Community of Helvetia, WV
2010 — Fawn Valentine, author and quilter
2009 — The West Virginia Storytelling Guild
2008 —
Prickett's Fort Memorial Foundation, museum
2007 — Rosalyn Burnett Queen Alonso, author
2006 — Phyllis Wilson Moore, literary historian
2004 — Charlotte Ann Meade, educator, poet
2002 — Rush & Ruby Butcher, cultural dance specialists
2001 — John H. Randolph, folk arts and cultural preservationist, educator, and artist
1999 — Ken Sullivan, editor/administrator, GoldenSeal, WV Humanities Council
1996 — Dennis Deitz, author
1995 — Kenneth G. Gilbert, Educator, Mountain Trace
1994 — Jerry D. Stover, educator
1993 — Dr. B. B. Maurer, educator, cultural scholar



A special recognition award in an area of folklore studies.


2014--    Jayne Anne Phillips,  Literary Achievement Award
2003 — Mary Lee Settle, the literary arts

Nominations for these awards may be made to: The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State, 1201 Locust Ave., Fairmont, WV 26554.

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

Pat Musick
Pat Musick
, Interim Director
Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
(304) 333-3606


FSUNow Stories

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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Friday, August 26, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host “Film & Fiction Italian Family Style: An Afternoon of Italian Heritage” from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

Diana Pishner Walker will read from her children’s books, and her sister Anna Pishner Harsh offer a premier screening of “La Danza-Bridging Time Through Dance,” an Italian dance documentary. Walker and Harsh’s paternal grandparents were from Caulonia, Italy, (Reggio Calabria), and their maternal grandparents were from San Giovani in Fiore, Provence of Cosenza, Italy.

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