Fairmont State Press
Many publications will be a key part of the Folklife Center's identity


Traditions Vol. 10: A Journal of West Virginia Folk Culture and Educational Awareness

Welcome to our “literary issue” of Traditions, celebrating the new literary map of West Virginia, From a Place Called Solid: West Virginia and Its Writers. Available in both a rolled or folded version, we are delighted that the map has been so well received. It hangs in classrooms, libraries, businesses, and homes throughout the mountain state and beyond. It has its place in the Library of Congress, along with the maps of forty-three other states, and it even a part of NCTE’s (National Council of Teachers of English) Gallery of Literary Maps, displayed at the annual national conference.

In this issue, we are showcasing how the “power of pen” and the “power of folk culture” join together to illuminate this unique sense of place called West Virginia. We dedicate this special issue to Phyllis Wilson Moore, whose tireless efforts to recognize West Virginia’s authors have made this issue and literary maps realities. We thank her for “sending out the call’ which has resulted in this rich sampling of poetry, prose, criticism, and reviews unfold like a vibrant patchwork quilt throughout these pages.

We hope that you all enjoy reading these new literary pieces and are inspired to write from your own cultural perspective. For those of you who teach, we hope that you will foster West Virginia literature as an important part of learning for your students. Lastly, we hope that this issue will encourage more scholarship and resources about “West Virginia and its writers.”

Ten volumes of Traditions are in circulation ($6.00 each)

In the Mountain State Curriculum In the Mountain State is designed primarily as a teacher guide for a 4-8 grade program of West Virginia studies; however it provides an excellent resource for other applications on both. ($25.00 each)

Hillchild is written about, for, and by children of West Virginia. It contains stories, poetry, drawing, folklore, cartoons, and more, many of which are sent in by students from across West Virginia. Publication is being funded in part by the West Virginia Humanities Council and Fairmont State.

Three volumes of Hillchild are in circulation ($3.00 each)

print by Noel W. Tenney Collector's edition print of the design used for the cover of Hillchild: A Folklore Chapbook about, for, and by West Virginia Children, Volume 2, 2003 ($25.00 each)
Literary map A Literary Map of West Virginia The front of the map is dedicated to the oral literature that came before and highlights 35 authors from the 35th state. The reverse side of the map lists over 145 West Virginia writers. ($6.00 each+ $4.00 s&h)
Dulcimer Man Book The Dulcier Man, The Russell Fluharty Story
A 182 page, paperback book about an ancient stringed musical instrument known as the dulcimer and a man whose dream it was to preserve it. The dulcimer is a unique instrument, and this is the story of a unique man and his life. (ISBN 0-87012-723-3)($20.00 each)
Fluharty CD Russell Fluharty, "The Dulcimer Man,"
A CD of Russell Fluharty playing the hammered dulcimer is available through the Folklife Center. These 18 traditional folk songs are a reissuing of an LP, arranged and presented by Russell Fluharty, entitled West Virginia Heritage: Featuring Russell Fluharty, "The Dulcimer Man," with permission of the family and in collaboration with the Vandalia Heritage Foundation's Legacy Program. ($15.00 each)

To place an order for any of these publications, please print and fill out our form and mail it along with your check or money order to:

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554-2470

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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

Dr. Judy P. Byers
Dr. Judy P. Byers
, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286


FSUNow Stories

Thursday, March 12, 2015

A special presentation at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on Sunday, March 22, will provide information on protecting and preserving our material culture. The event also will celebrate the closing of the exhibit, “Hanging by a Beautiful Thread: Celebrating the Fiber Arts,” which highlights the beauty in traditional fiber arts created in the home.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

A collection of books on Irish folklore has been donated to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center in memory of Fairmont State University alumna Holly White.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

In celebration of Fairmont State University’s Sesquicentennial, the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center plans to create an exhibit featuring FSU history and traditions this spring.

“The Folklife Center is proud to celebrate the history, traditions and culture of this great University through a special exhibit. We need assistance from the Falcon family to identify artifacts that would help share the stories and lore of the past 150 years,” said Dr. Judy P. Byers, Executive Director of the Folklife Center.

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