To be proclaimed as Northern Ireland Week by the City of Fairmont, the week of April 1 through 5 will feature the visit of a distinguished delegation of visitors from Northern Ireland. A series of speaking events and presentations, several of which will be open to the public, has been planned.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, Joe Geiger, Director of the Archives and History Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, presented “The 35th Star: West Virginia Statehood,” a program of the Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau of the West Virginia Humanities Council. Read more on the event.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will host a special presentation in March as part of its Folk Cultural Series.
A team of Fairmont State University students traveled to Washington, D.C., earlier in December to present their comparative research tourism as part of the 2012 ARC Appalachian Teaching Project. Their project focused on the exploration of conflict and poverty in relationship to community sustainability and economic stability between Northern Ireland and North Central West Virginia through heritage tourism.
A presentation and discussion titled “From Belfast Northern Ireland to North Central West Virginia” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Multi-media Room A of the Ruth Ann Musick Library on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Those driving by or visiting the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College may have noticed a new addition to the entrance of the building.
The decorative iron grill work installed at the entrance of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center during the fall 2012 semester was designed and executed by Greg Bray, Master Blacksmith and Executive Director of Pricketts Fort State Park.
The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the shared main campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community & Technical College will launch the new “Appalachian Italian Folk Cultural Series” with a special event on Sunday, Nov. 11.
The “Roads to Appalachia through Study-Travel Abroad” explored Northern Ireland in the Summer of 2012. This experience took the format of an intensive short course with multiple day trips to explore a significant portion of the six counties of Ulster which is Northern Ireland.
What is today Fairmont State University was first established in 1865 as the West Virginia Normal School at Fairmont, a private institution dedicated to educating teachers. Many decades and name changes later, it was the proud teaching tradition that gave birth to “Mountain Mother Goose.”
“Mountain Mother Goose” – which this summer becomes an operetta for young audiences and in the fall will become a published collection of childlore and a curriculum for public school teachers – has been a labor of the love of folklore for a distinguished group of Fairmont State faculty members.