Gala 2010

The Frank and Jane Gabor
West Virginia Folklife Center

on the campus of Fairmont State University and Pierpont Community and Technical College
1201 Locust Avenue
Fairmont, WV 26554
(304) 367-4403

Dr. Judy P. Byers, Director Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center,
  Abelina Suarez Professor, Senior Level,
  English & Folklore Studies
Fairmont State University
(304) 367-4286

Mr. Noel W. Tenney, Folk Cultural Specialist
   Frank & Jane Gabor WV Folklife Center
   and Museum Studies Program Coordinator
   Pierpont Community & Technical College
(304) 367-3606

Folklife Forward -
A Ribbon Cutting Gala 2010

Kate Long 2010 B.B. Maurer Award Recipient2010 B. B. Maurer WV Folklife Award Recipient

  Kate Richardson Long is the 2010 recipient of the B.B. Maurer WV Folklife Award, sponsored by the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center, at Fairmont State University. In 1999, the FSU Foundations honored Senator Robert C. Byrd as a West Virginia Scholar in accordance with the newly developed WV Folklife Center, established to promote the identification, preservation, and perpetuation of our region’s rich cultural heritage. Uniting scholars from various disciplines, as well as artists, writers, and musicians, the Gabor WV Folklife Center now provides education, research, publications, and programs to the academic community and the general public.

  Ms. Long is a media writer, storyteller, freelance broadcast producer, songwriter, vocalist, a radio commentator, social advocate, youth counselor, researcher and teacher. Ms. Long was the host and producer of an award winning, 14-part series featuring writers who can claim a West Virginian heritage. This series, titled “In Their Own Country” was sponsored in 2002 by the West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, West Virginia Library Commission, West Virginia Division of Arts and Humanities, the Charleston Gazette, and the Putnam County Library.

  Ms. Long is an asset to her community and to the State of West Virginia, and she combines multiple talents with professional expertise in many fields of interest, and often with award-winning success. Ms. Long is an alumna of West Virginia University. Ms. Long received her Master’s in Special Education from George Washington University. She published her book, Johnny’s Such a Bright Boy, What a Shame He’s Retarded, in 1977. Upon its publication, the book received the Delta Kappa Gamma International Educator Award.

  According to her website:, some of her noteworthy projects include: a 22-part Charleston Gazette series about the high cost of health care in West Virginia titles, “Everybody at Risk”; “Parents to Parents” video series for WV Advocates in Charleston, West Virginia; a 1998 video regarding domestic violence in West Virginia titled, “Safe at Home” and a teaching manual for parents regarding their special needs young children titled, Parents Becoming Teachers.

  As a professional and an artist, Ms. Long has received rewards for her accomplishments. Her series, “Everybody at Risk” received the Gerald Loeb Award in 2004. For her professional accomplishments in Social Work, Ms. Long received the Public Citizen of the Year award in 2006 by the West Virginia national Association of Social Workers. In Their Own Country received the Gabriel Award in 2003. Ms. Long’s accomplishments in songwriting landed her the International Bluegrass Music Association Song of the Year award in 1994.Ms. Long continues to provide services to her community as a custom-designed workshop coach in vocal performance, storytelling and writing. More information regarding these workshops, for those who may be interested, can be found on Ms. Long’s website:


2010 Traditions Salute Recipient

  A  Treasury of Mountain State heirlooms

  Tucked away in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, preserved for generations, handmade bed quilts-family legacies created with needle and thread-reveal cultural influences and material circumstances affecting the lives of their makers. In addition to showcasing their intrinsic beauty, these quilts illuminate domestic, state, and regional history.

  The women of the West Virginia Heritage Quilt Search compiled information on over four thousand quilts made before 1940. The decade of their work is culminated in a richly illustrated book that included a wide variety of quilts, from extravagant display textiles to rudimentary covers stitched from recycled fabrics. The findings documented here uncover the effects of population settlement patterns, ethnic heritage, and prevalent economic systems on the creation of these utilitarian and ornamental bed coverings. .An original interpretation of Scotch-Irish design aesthetics brings a fresh perspective to the people who played a prominent role in settling the American frontier. Detailed study of quick design, patchwork patterns, fabrics, and swing techniques combine with personal biography to offer a new, and sometimes surprising view of the past.

  Replete with oral histories and interviews with descendants of quilt makers, database analysis of a statewide survey, a complete listing of registered quilt makers, West Virginia Quilts and Quiltmakers, is the most comprehensive overview of West Virginia’s best known and best loved art forms.

  Fawn Valentine has written and lectured extensively on quilts and quilt making. She lives in rural Monroe County, West Virginia.

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