West Virginia Folklife at New Story in Lewisburg, May 31-June 1

Master fiddler Doug Van Gundy (right) and apprentice Annie Stroud (left) perform at an event for the Humanities Council at the WVU Blaney House in Morgantown

This spring, the West Virginia Folklife Program is partnering with the WV Community Development Hub‘s New Story to showcase our West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program! Learn more about our inaugural apprenticeship program– which supports master traditional artists and their apprentices in a year-long in-depth apprenticeship– here.

On May 31- June 1 at the State Fairgrounds in Lewisburg, master artists and apprentices will take part in New Story sessions over the annual two-day gathering of doers, change-makers, and innovators, sharing ideas, innovations, and stories about what’s working, what’s possible, and how to keep telling the new story of West Virginia.


Thursday, May 31 – State Fairgrounds 

  • 1:30-3pm – West Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Narrative Stage Showcase: Performances and demonstrations by master artists and apprentices
  • 3:30pm – Herb Walk: Master herbalist Marion Harless leads a walk through the fair grounds

Thursday, May 31 – Alderson Night Out (Bonus Event)

  • 6-9pm – Allegheny Hellbenders at the Gazebo: Old-time fiddle apprentice Annie Stroud and friends play live music

Friday, June 1 – State Fairgrounds

  • 11am-12:30pm – Experiences from the Field: Making the Most of Fellowships in WV: apprentices Amy Dawson, Jen Iskow, and Annie Stroud participate


Learn more about New Story and register for the event here.


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