Roads to Appalachia through England and Wales
June 19-30, 2008

An important part of the folklore-folklife academic offerings has been a series of study abroad programs to the homelands of emigrants to Appalachia, such as travels to Scotland , Ireland , and Italy . This June 2008 study will focus on the influences into North Central Appalachia from parts of England and Wales . Beginning and ending in London , the great city which controlled the flow of the colonists to so many areas of the world, the study will continue through the English south and west country from which many sailed, particularly the shipping center of Bristol . The oral traditions of King Arthur and the literary storytelling of William Shakespeare and Dylan Thomas will also be traced in both England and Wales . A major emphasis of the study will explore the rich cultural heritage of the Welsh, ranging from the old world coal industry, which developed many of the mining techniques used in our Appalachian mines, to the villages and countryside from which flowed the people that established communities bearing such Welsh names as Davis, Morgantown, and Shrewberry, West Virginia.

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


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
jbyers@fairmontstate.edu
 


 

FSUNow Stories

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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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host “A Salute to Old-Time Music: Presenting Two Legendary Fiddlers in Concert” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 8.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

The West Virginia Storytelling Guild will present a free concert, “Stories A-Bloom!,” at 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 24, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.

Six storytellers from the West Virginia Storytelling Guild will entertain with a variety of stories from their repertoires. There also will be books and CDs from various tellers available for purchase.

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