Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

Folk Life Center to host presentation by Author Jerald Pope Feb. 20

Thursday, February 14, 2019

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host four authors this semester – Jerald Pope, Natalie Sypolt, Nancy Abrams, and Amy Williams Wilson.  These presentations are free and open to the public. First in the series is Jerald Pope, known for his children’s picture books, Fetch and The Owl Girl. Pope will engage listeners in a discussion of his work on Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Folklife Center. 

Folk Life Center to host documentary screening, conversation with filmmaker

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

What happens to a town that loses its heart?This is the question filmmaker Rebecca Williams asked about Swannanoa, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina, once home to Beacon Blankets, the largest manufacturer of blankets in the world. The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is excited to host a screening of the documentary film, “Blanket Town: The Rise and Fall of an American Mill Community”, followed by a conversation with filmmaker and documentarian, Rebecca William

West Virginia Humanities Council continues funding lecture series

Friday, January 11, 2019

The West Virginia Humanities Council has funded a continuation of the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series hosted by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.  “We are thrilled to have the continued support of the West Virginia Humanities Council,” noted Dr.

Master Fiddlers offer free concert at Folklife Center

Thursday, November 15, 2018

On Monday, November 26, at 7 p.m., The Frank and Jane WV Folklife Center will be hosting an old-time fiddling performance by Doug Van Gundy, a master-fiddler and an eighth-generation West Virginian, and Annie Stroud, his apprentice. The event is free and open to the public.

1968 Farmington Mine Disaster photographer Bob Campione to commemorate anniversary

Thursday, November 01, 2018

During the month of November, the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folk Life Center will be commemorating the 50thanniversary of the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster. This event had a devastating effect on Marion County and the surrounding area, but it also brought about changes in mine safety. 

Square Dance and Cakewalk--Nov. 15

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a square dance and cakewalk will be held on November 15, 2018 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm in the Great Room of Cultures at the Frank and Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. The dance is free and open to the public and has become an annual event that is enjoyed by old and young alike. Anyone is welcome and encouraged to attend in order to experience an old-time dance event.

Commemorating The 50th Anniversary of the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

During the month of November, the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folk Life Center will be commemorating the 50thanniversary of the 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster. This event had a devastating effect on Marion County and the surrounding area, but it also brought about changes in mine safety. 

Folklife Center hosts ghost story workshop—October 17

Monday, October 08, 2018

Just in time for Halloween, Jo Ann Dadisman will present a workshop about ghost stories on Wednesday, October 17 at 7 p.m. in the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University. 

Great Migration of African Americans to the coal fields of WV

Wednesday, October 03, 2018

The Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series continues at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University with a presentation on the “Great Migration of African Americans to the coal fields of West Virginia.”  Between 1870 and 1930 African Americans left the Deep South to seek better economic and educational opportunities and to escape Jim Crow laws that denied them voting rights. The speakers are Dr. Connie Rice and Ms. Ilene Evans.

Dr. Ellesa Clay High to speak at Folklife Center

Friday, September 21, 2018

On Tuesday, September 25, at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ellesa Clay High will talk about Native Americans in modern Appalachia at the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center on the campus of Fairmont State University.  Dr. High's presentation is part of the Diversity in Appalachia Lecture Series supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council.  

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