Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Folklife Center presents Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series

Monday, July 30, 2018

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University has received a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council to support the “Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series.”  This series of programs features scholars/practitioners who will look beyond the "white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class" culture that is commonly believed to represent all of Appalachia to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities.

Weaving workshop returns to Folklife Center

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Thanks to the success of the workshops held in June, Tamarack Artist and Fairmont State alumna D. Jane Gilchrest returns to the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on August 1 and 2 to present a second round of “Mug Ruggin It”, an introductory weaving workshop in the style of traditional Appalachian rag rugs.  

Camp highlights tall-tales and how to act them out

Monday, June 11, 2018

Do your children like to act out stories? Do they sit around the table and swap tall-tales?  If so, sign them up for camp. The Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center is partnering with the Fairmont State University Academy for the Arts for Putting It Together: Building a Show from Local Stories and Lore. This week-long creative day-camp for children in grades 3 to 8 runs June 18 – 22. It features instruction in acting, storytelling, folklore, music, writing, and local history.

‘Mug Ruggin It’ weaver workshop at Folklife Center

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Have you always wanted to try weaving?  The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is proud to partner with Tamarack Artist and Fairmont State alumna D. Jane Gilchrest to present “Mug Ruggin It”, a weaving workshop in the style of traditional Appalachian rag rugs.  Join us on Wednesday, June 27 at the Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University for a two-hour introductory class.  

Alumna to receive Appalachian Advocate award

Thursday, March 15, 2018

In 1881, the first member of the Moore family, Ira Corwin Moore, enrolled in Fairmont State Normal School. More than 135 years later, the family continues to be closely connected to Fairmont State University and the culture and heritage of Appalachia.  

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.

British Scholar to Lecture on Novelists

Thursday, February 08, 2018

Professor Miles Leeson of the University of Chichester, UK will present a lecture, “Flesh/Flash: Novels, Navels, and Encoding Friendship” on Tuesday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m. in the Folklife Center, according to Dr. Angela Schwer, Chair of the Department of Language and Literature.

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.
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