Fairmont State Plans Folklife Center

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fairmont, W.Va. (AP) -- Fairmont State University plans to unveil the new home to a unique center dedicated to studying West Virginia's cultural heritage.

The Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center is slated to be partially occupied this spring in a historic building once known as the Kennedy Barn.

The three-phase renovation is expected to cost nearly $1.8 million.

The first phase has been completed, and the second is under way.

A.P. Parkinson, an interim vice president at Fairmont State, says this will be the 25th such center in the country and the first in West Virginia.

When it's completed, the center will include an exhibit hall open to the public along with archives, a library and lab space for scholars and students.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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