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Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center

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Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
304-367-4403 https://www.fairmontstate.edu/folklife/

September 2018

Diversity in Appalachia

September 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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“Diversity in Appalachia” is a series of programs featuring scholars who look beyond the white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class culture to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities.
The series is in response to 'Hillbilly Elegy' by J.D. Vance and will explore who lives and works in Appalachia and how our heritage has an impact on who we are as a people.
First in the series is Joe Valencic from the Cleveland-style Polka Museum. He will talk about Slovenian migration to West Virginia and the polka music that group brought with them.

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Polka Night

September 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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The Folklife Center is hosting an evening of polka music and dancing with Joe Valencic from the Cleveland Polka Hall of Fame. Local musicians will be featured, and of course there will be food and drink!

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Diversity in Appalachia

September 19, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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“Diversity in Appalachia” is a series of programs featuring scholars who look beyond the white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class culture to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities. As the second in the series, Dr. John Boback will speak about the diversity among native people who lived in what is now Central Appalachia before the arrival of the Europeans. The series is in response to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance and will explore who lives and works in Appalachia…

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Diversity in Appalachia

September 25, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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“Diversity in Appalachia” is a series of programs featuring scholars who look beyond the white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class culture to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities. As the third in the series, Dr. Ellesa High will discuss Native Americans in modern-day Appalachia. The series is in response to 'Hillbilly Elegy' by J.D. Vance and will explore who lives and works in Appalachia and how our heritage has an impact on who we are as a people.

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October 2018

Diversity in Appalachia

October 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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“Diversity in Appalachia” is a series of programs featuring scholars who look beyond the white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class culture to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities. As the fourth in the series, Dr. Connie Rice and Ilene Evans will talk about “The Great Migration” of African-Americans to the coal fields. The series is in response to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance and will explore who lives and works in Appalachia and how our heritage has an impact on…

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November 2018

Remembering the Farmington Mine Disaster

November 7, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
black and white image of a coal mine on fire with thick smoke

Throughout the month, the Fairmont State University School of Fine Arts and the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folk Life Center will be commemorating the 50th anniversary 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. On Wednesday, November 7, Bob Campione, a local photographer, will talk about the images he took during the Farmington Mine Disaster while free-lancing for the…

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Diversity in Appalachia

November 13, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
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“Diversity in Appalachia” is a series of programs featuring scholars who look beyond the white, Anglo-Protestant, working-class culture to reveal the diversity that sometimes lies hidden in many communities. As the last in the series, Reverend Richard Bowyer will talk about his experience 50 years ago during the Farmington Mine Disaster. The series is in response to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ by J.D. Vance and will explore who lives and works in Appalachia and how our heritage has an impact on who…

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Square Dance & Cake Walk

November 15, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
people square dancing

As part of the Introduction to Folk Music class taught by Lynette Swiger, a square dance and cakewalk will be held 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. Everyone is welcome! Taylor Runner will lead the dance, and music will be provided…

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February 2019

An African American Experience in Marion County presentation

February 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
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Dr. Raymond Alvarez will present “An African American Experience in Marion County 1850s - 1940s: Harriet Wilson Whitely and Alfred Meade".  Alvarez will look at the lives of Alfred Meade, a freed slave, and his sister-in-law, Harriet Wilson Whitely (Aunt Hat) who was the last person born into slavery in Marion County. The program will be followed by a light reception and members of the audience will receive a complimentary copy of Goldenseal, the magazine of traditional West Virginia life.

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April 2019

Book Reading

April 2, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
long blond haired woman holding a book about a vampire

Local author and educator, Amy Williams Wilson, will read from her book, The Bite, The Breast, and the Blood: Why Modern Vampire Stories Suck Us In. Central to every vampire story is the undead's need for human blood, but equally compelling is the human ingestion of vampire blood, which often creates a bond. Wilson’s analysis of vampire stories explores the benefits of the bonding experiences of breastfeeding and Christian and vampire narratives, arguing that modern readers and viewers are drawn to…

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Coralie Franklin Cook Portrayal

April 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
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Fairmont State University adjunct professor, Ilene Evans will portray educator and suffragist, Coralie Franklin Cook. Coralie Franklin Cook was born enslaved. She went on to graduate from Storer College in Harpers Ferry, WV, the first descendant of a Monticello enslaved person to graduate from college. She was a gifted public speaker, and she taught elocution and English at Storer and at Howard University. Coralie served as a member of the District of Columbia Board of Education. A personal friend of…

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November 2019

Fuzzy Knight Film Seminar

November 5, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, repeating until November 19, 2019

Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
still from Skip Along Rosenbloom

A celebration of John “Fuzzy” Knight, a film seminar, will be a chance to see some old time films and learn a thing or two about it. During each seminar session, after the movie, Fairmont State faculty will be on hand to discussion the film and our beloved actor! Knight was an actor who grew up in Fairmont, graduated from Fairmont State and went on to play in over 180 films and televisions shows. A double feature, “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”…

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Civil War Exhibit Grand Opening

November 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
man holding a black boot while standing in front of a display case filled with Civil War artifacts

The Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center will host The Civil War: Selections from the Porter Stiles Collection. The exhibit focuses on the Civil War and West Virginia’s involvement and features artifacts on loan from the collection of local Civil War expert Porter Stiles. Stiles will speak about the collection with a reception to follow. After the opening, the exhibit will be open to the public from Nov. 12 – Dec. 12 and Jan. 13-Feb. 20 from 10…

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December 2019

Fuzzy Knight Film Seminar

December 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
still from Skip Along Rosenbloom

A celebration of John “Fuzzy” Knight, a film seminar, will be a chance to see some old time films and learn a thing or two about it. During each seminar session, after the movie, Fairmont State faculty will be on hand to discussion the film and our beloved actor! Knight was an actor who grew up in Fairmont, graduated from Fairmont State and went on to play in over 180 films and televisions shows. A double feature, “Ragtime Cowboy Joe”…

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March 2020

James Froemel portrayal of cartoonist Charles Schultz – CANCELED

March 17, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
man with white shirt and grey sweater standing in front of racks of books

James Froemel will play cartoonist, Charles Schultz.  Schulz’s first Peanuts strip was published in 1950 in seven newspapers. At the time of his death in 2000, it was appearing in 2,600 papers around the world. James Froemel is a three-time winner of the West Virginia’s Biggest Liar contest and a WV comedy festival headliner.  He portrays Schultz as part of the History Alive! Program sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.    

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Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story – CANCELED

March 22, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
poster of an African American author with his book

Cicero Fain will read from his book Black Huntington: An Appalachian Story. Using interviews and archival materials, Fain details the rise of the Black working class as it pursued, then fulfilled, its aspirations in early 20th Century Huntington. Fain, who grew up in Huntington, is a professor of history at the College of Southern Maryland.    

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Sharyn McCrumb will read from her book, The Unquiet Grave – CANCELED

March 29, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
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New York Times Bestselling Author Sharyn McCrumb will read from her book, The Unquiet Grave. Known for her “ballad books” including The Ballad of Frankie Silver and The Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter, McCrumb’s work celebrates the history and folklore of Appalachia. The Unquiet Grave contains plot points from the popular West Virginia folktale, The Greenbrier Ghost. s. McCrumb has received awards from the West Virginia Library Commission and the Appalachian Writers Association. This event is open to the public, but the…

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April 2020

Ilene Evans portrayal of Coralie Franklin Cook – CANCELED

April 6, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
woman dressed in large hat with dark yellow jacket and long brown skirt

Storyteller Ilene Evans will play Coralie Franklin Cook. Born into slavery, Mrs. Cook was educated at Storer College in Harpers Ferry and went on to become an educator, suffragist, and civil rights activist. Cook taught elocution at Howard University and was on the Board of Education in Washington, D.C.  Ms. Evans is an adjunct professor of communication at Fairmont State University and the artistic director of Voices from the Earth, a non-profit theatre company that tells the stories of underrepresented…

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Bonnie Proudfoot reading from Goshen Road: A Novel

April 19, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
book jacket with green background with mountains and the title Goshen Road

Fairmont State University alumnae, Bonnie Proudfoot will read from Goshen Road: A Novel.  This work of fiction is about a working-class family in West Virginia. It illustrates the experiences of sisters Dessie and Billie Price and how they cope with family, personal adversities, and cultural changes in Appalachia for over 20 years. The stories begin in 1967.    

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Burnis R. Morris reading from his book, Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations

April 26, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
African American author holding a book

Burnis R. Morris will read from his book, Carter G. Woodson: History, The Black Press, and Public Relations. Carter G. Woodson, the father of Black History, was the second African-American to receive a doctorate from Harvard. He was a dean at Howard University and West Virginia Collegiate Institute (now West Virginia State University). Woodson lobbied schools and organizations to participate in a special program to encourage the study of African American history, which began in February 1926. Burnis Morris is…

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December 2021

A Celebration of Traditional WV Music: The Dulcimer

December 5, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Frank & Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, Squibb Wilson Blvd, 1201 Locust Ave.
Fairmont, 26554 United States
FREE
woman in green sweater playing a hammered dulcimer

Lynette Swiger, Brian Conaway, and Brad Swiger will be talking about dulcimer player Patty Looman and playing some of her music. This presentation is part of the Trunk of Traditional Tunes supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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