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) 367-3606


FSUNow Stories

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Fairmont State University’s roots reach back to the formation of public education in the state of West Virginia. In 2015, students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community are celebrating Fairmont State’s 150th birthday with special remembrances and events.

As part of the Sesquicentennial Celebration, author Dr. M. Raymond Alvarez will present a talk about his recent book “The Normal on Fairmont Avenue.” The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the main campus.

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

The Fairmont State University College of Liberal Arts honored its high achieving students during the fifth annual Academic Awards Ceremony at the end of the spring 2015 semester.

Dr. Deanna Shields, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts; Dr. Maria Rose, FSU President; and Bill Holmes of the Fairmont State Foundation Inc. presented greetings and congratulations to the students for their academic achievements.

Department of Behavioral Sciences

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Thursday, May 28, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has created an exhibit titled “On a Hill by a Dream,” which features FSU history, traditions and lore.

The title for the exhibition was taken from a poem by Louise McNeill, West Virginia’s former Poet Laureate who taught history at Fairmont State. The following quote is from her “Chestnut Orchard” (“Paradox Hill: From Appalachia to Lunar Shore”):

“Back through the years beyond time and space,
On a hill—by a dream—we will find that place.”

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