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Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center to host storytelling event

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is pleased to present Tales of Courage, an evening with members of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9.  

“Fairmont State proudly serves as a cultural center for this region,” said Mirta M. Martin, Fairmont State University President. “And I’m thrilled that even during a pandemic we continue to serve our community in that role. Storytelling is vital to a culture. West Virginia has such a strong tradition of storytelling, and The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center has a long history of showcasing dynamic storytellers. I encourage everyone to enjoy this online event.” 

The evening will include a mix of folktales, true stories and tall tales from storytellers Gil Myers, Kate McConnell, James Froemel, Joyce Geary, Mike Perry and Katie Ross. The online event is free and open to the public at www.fairmontstate.edu/TalesOfCourage.   

Founded in 1996, the West Virginia Storytelling Guild is a diverse group of performers who tell for schools, libraries, churches, festivals and civic organizations. They are proud to represent West Virginia’s rich storytelling culture. The Guild has partnered with the Folklife Center for numerous events and is proud to call the Center home. 

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is housed in an historic barn on the campus of Fairmont State University. It holds the Ruth Ann Musick Folklore Archives, the Phyllis W. Moore West Virginia Authors Archives and the Patty Looman Collection. Students who minor in folklore as well as museum students get hands-on experience with these collections. For information about Tales of Courage and other online programs, call 304-367-4403.  

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