The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Housed in an award-winning repurposed historic barn building on the Fairmont State campus, the Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is home to scholarly research, archives, publications, community programs and events,  workshops, exhibitions, and undergraduate studies in Folklore and Museum Studies.  Part of the College of Liberal Arts, the Folklife  Center and its programs are an asset to the broader communities within and beyond the University.

Mission Statement

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University 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 Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is currently closed to the community.  However, we are offering these online events which are free and open to the public.

Collecting Family History with Eric Douglas

(A workshop about oral history collection)
Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Meeting number: 129 870 7811
Password: FolklifeCenter

WV Storytelling Guild: A People Upon the Land

(A storytelling presentation)
Tuesday, September 22, 7 p.m.
Meeting number: 173 857 9523

The Phyllis Wilson Moore Online Author Series

Cicero Fain author of Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story

Wednesday, September 16, 7 p.m.
Meeting number:  129 960 9580
Password: Fain


Bonnie Proudfoot author of Goshen Road A Novel

Wednesday, September 30, 7 p.m.
Meeting number: 129 683 8258
Password: Proudfoot


Burnis Morris author of Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations

Wednesday, October 14, 7 p.m.
Meeting number: 129 373 4714
Password: Morris


Folklife Center News Stories

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has received a grant of $7,500 from the Daywood Foundation in support of Ruth Ann Musick’s Trunk of Tales, a Fairmont State University project to promote folklore and West Virginia cultural heritage studies in K-12 public schools in the state.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

While the global pandemic has caused many setbacks for artists around the world, Annick Odom, a West Virginia musician living in the Netherlands, channeled her creative energy into an unlikely project. While quarantined, Odom worked with fellow musician and housemate, Federico Forla, an Italian oboist residing in the Netherlands, on a new piece inspired by one of the few books on her bookshelf at the time — A Collection of West Virginia Ghost Stories.  

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

A team of Fairmont State University students will take part in the 2020 Appalachian Teaching Project virtual conference this weekend.  

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