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.

2019 Gala Celebration honoring traditional musician Dave Bing

September 19, 7:00 p.m.

Square Dance,

featuring caller Taylor Runner and the Kennedy Barn String Band

September 20, 7:00 p.m.

Film Screening of The Crooked Tune, will be in MMA in the Ruth Ann Musick Library

An Old Time Fiddler in a Modern World with filmmaker Charles Cohen

September 21, 3:00 p.m. Concert with fiddler Dave Bing


Women’s Lyceum: A Celebration of Appalachian Women

September 30, 7:00 p.m.

Val Nieman,

author of To the Bones

October 13, 2:00 p.m.

Karen Vuranch,

portrays Pearl S. Buck

October 15, 7:00 p.m.

Kathy Manley,

author of Don’t Tell them You’re Cold

October 28, 7:00 p.m.

Ilene Evans,

portrays Memphis Tennessee Garrison


FSUNow Stories

Monday, November 04, 2019

Fairmont State University students working toward their museum studies minor have created a new exhibit, The Civil War: Selections from the Porter Stiles Collection, under the direction of Dr. Marian Hollinger. The grand opening will be at 7 p.m. Monday, November 11, at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center.

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Monday, October 28, 2019

A celebration of John “Fuzzy” Knight, a five-night film seminar will be hosted at The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center. Knight was an actor who grew up in Fairmont and went on to play in over 180 films and televisions shows. 

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Guest artist Suzanne Hatcher, soprano, will present a solo recital on Friday, October 25, as part of the Fairmont State University Music on the Hill Artist Series.  This family-friendly, free program will feature a wide variety of music, including the “Wesendonck-Lieder”—one of the rare non-operatic works of Richard Wagner—and Rachmaninoff’s famous “Vocalise.” Accompanying Hatcher on piano will be Fairmont State faculty member, John Morrison. 

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