Folklife Center

Elementary students invited to learn about Appalachia at Folklife Center

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

A free educational program, “The Dust We Leave Behind: Stories, Games, and Songs from Another Time,” for local elementary schools is being offered by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. 

The program provides a fun and exciting way to participate in customs and stories from the region’s past. The program will run Wednesday, October 9 and Thursday, Oct. from 9 a.m. to noon.  

Alvarez to present "An African American Experience"

Monday, February 04, 2019

Dr. Raymond Alvarez will present “An African American Experience in Marion County 1850s - 1940s:  Harriet Wilson Whitely and Alfred Meade" at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on Tuesday, February 5 at 7 p.m.  This presentation is free and open to the public.  The program will be followed by a light reception and members of the audience will receive a complimentary copy of Goldenseal, the magazine of traditional West Virginia life.

New Folklife Exhibit Features W.Va's Native Americans

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center’s new exhibition, “Always Here: Native Americans in West Virginia,” opens Thursday, February 22, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. At 5 p.m., after a brief welcome from exhibition curator and the center’s interim director, Pat Musick, Lakota elder Bob Pirner will give a traditional invocation.

Old-Fashioned Folk Dance/Cake Walk set for Nov. 16

Thursday, November 09, 2017

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a traditional dance night will be held on Thursday, Nov. 16, in the Great Room of Cultures at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. The public is encouraged to attend, and admission is free.

Folk music concert featuring Kim Johnson and Bobby Taylor

Thursday, November 09, 2017

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a folk music concert featuring Kim Johnson and Bobby Taylor is planned for 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9, in The Great Room of Cultures at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. The public is invited to attend and admission is free. Additionally, the Kennedy Barn String Band will provide pre-concert music for the enjoyment of early arrivals.

'Dear Mrs Griggs': The Precursor to Dear Abby

Monday, October 09, 2017
 
For 51 years, Ione Quinby Griggs answered readers’ personal questions in her column in the Milwaukee Journal’s popular "Green Sheet." Readers sought her advice on everything from love and marriage to religion and youthful rebellion, enabling her to produce six columns a week until she was more than 90 years old.

Folklife Center Hosts WV Storytelling Guild Story Concert

Friday, April 15, 2016

The West Virginia Storytelling Guild, in conjunction with the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, is presenting the concert, “What Tales to Tell!” with national storyteller Lynette Ford at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.

Storyteller to Perform Two Programs to Celebrate Women's History

Friday, March 18, 2016

Storyteller and spoken word artist, Ellouise Schoettler will perform two programs in April as part of a Celebration of Women’s History at Fairmont State University.

Folklife Center to Host Lecture on "Treasure from the Bog"

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University will host a special talk by a guest lecturer from Ireland at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 3.   

John Gillis, Senior Conservator at Trinity College Library, Dublin, will speak on “Treasure from the Bog,” the story of the Faddan More Psalter, an 8th-century manuscript unearthed from a peat bog. A reception will follow the lecture. Admission is free and open to the public.

Folklife Center Honored During Governor's Arts Award Gala

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University was awarded an Organizational Medallion for Excellence in Support of the Arts during the Governor’s Arts Awards Gala at the Culture Center on Thursday, March 10.

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