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 23, 7:00 p.m.

Ilene Evans,

portrays Memphis Tennessee Garrison


FSUNow Stories

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Join the Folklife Center for an old time Square Dance featuring caller Taylor Runner and music by the Kennedy Barn String Band.

On Thursday, September 19th at 7 p.m., the Folklife Center will hold a square dance in the Great Room of Cultures on the second floor of the center. This event is free and open to the public and is a beginner friendly dance, with all ages from kids on up welcome. Everyone is encouraged to join in but may also just watch, listen, and enjoy. 

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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Kestrel: A Journal of Literature and Art, the Fairmont State University Department of Language and Literature and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host a two-day Celebration of Issue 41. 

Six contributors to Kestrel will be on campus to participate in class visits, panel discussions, readings from their own works, and book signings. Visiting poets and writers include Ace Boggess, K. Uwe Dunn, Bob Kunzinger, Devon Miller-Duggan, Jim Ross, and Jane Wells.

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Monday, August 26, 2019

In keeping with our theme of Diversity in Appalachia, the Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center presents The Women’s Lyceum. The tradition of the lyceum, which dates back to Ancient Greece, serves as public education and entertainment. It includes lectures, readings, concerts, and discussions. 

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