The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Mission Statement

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College is dedicated to the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region's rich cultural heritage, through academic studies, educational programs, festivals and performances, and publications. The WV Folklife Center is part of the College of Liberal Arts.

 

Courses Offered

  FOLK 1100 Introduction to Museums
  FOLK 1150 Folk Arts
  FOLK 2200 Introduction to Folklore
  FOLK 1136 Lab Field Res/Oral History
  FOLK 2180 Museum Education Programming
  FOLK 2000 Museum Exhibit Design & Prep
  FOLK 2995 Museum Internship
  FOLK 3300 Folk Literature
  FOLK 3302 Reg Cultural Geography & History
  FOLK 4400 Directed Folklore Study
  FOLK 4401 Folklore Applications

 

 

Join us for a special topics course on folk music

Introduction to Folk Music 3399-01 will introduce students to traditional Appalachian music, emphasizing its history, instruments, and the people important to its perpetuation and preserva...tion. Under the instruction of Lynette Swiger, a Folk Music Specialist, students will identify the major traditional Appalachian instruments and their pathways into West Virginia, as well as identify the major immigrant influences on traditional music. Through tracking the progression of various musical genres as well as studying regional musicians, both living and deceased, students will learn the relevance traditional music has had on the development of today’s music and the influence these individuals have had to the continuance of musical heritage. Throughout the semester, students will also learn traditional tunes on a lap dulcimer and participate in a heritage dance event.

Course information:
Intro to Folk Music – 9203 – FOLK 339-01
Fall Semester 2014
Aug 18, 2014 – Dec 12, 2014
Thursday, 6:00pm-8:50pm
Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Instructor, Lynette Swiger

 

                

Contact Info

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403
wvfolklife@fairmontstate.edu
wvfolklife@pierpont.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
jbyers@pierpont.edu


Mr. Noel W. Tenney, Folk Cultural Specialist
   Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
   and Museum Studies Program Coordinator
   Pierpont Community & Technical College
(304) 367-3606 

ntenney@fairmontstate.edu
ntenney@pierpont.edu

FSUNow Stories

Monday, March 24, 2014

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a special event in April honoring the work of acclaimed poet Maggie Anderson and the legacy of former West Virginia Poet Laureate Louise McNeill.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Three West Virginia writers will read from their new books at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the Fairmont State University main campus. The writers include Michael W. Cox, Jessie Van Eerden and John Van Kirk.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the reading. Admission is free and open to the public. The event is sponsored by sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs at Fairmont State University and the Department of Language and Literature.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Playwright, author and screenwriter Tom DeTitta has been named the 2014 Artist-in-Residence for Fairmont State University. With a specialty in historical drama, he has written two plays with content closely connected to this area, “Monongah,” which is about an immigrant family affected by the 1907 mine disaster, and “Street of Gold,” which is about a coal mining family in Western Pennsylvania.

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