The Appalachian South Folklife Center in Pipestem, West Virginia is a peaceful place that welcomes all people to celebrate creativity and community. We celebrated 50 years of service in 2015. The Folklife Center is dedicated to a mountain heritage of freedom and self-reliance and presents programs and services that reflect our pride in being mountaineers. Our focus is on education about our heritage and culture, not only for area children but for also for folks from around the country. Learn more about our history here, our services here, our events here and our facilities here. 

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We are pleased and proud to introduce our new director, Roger May!

Roger is a photographer, writer, and archivist from Mingo County, West Virginia. He served in the United States Army for six years in California and Alaska and has worked in information technology in local government for the last 16 years. His photographs, essays, and interviews have been published by The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, Al Jazeera America, National Geographic, The Oxford American, and others. In February 2014, he started the crowdsourced Looking at Appalachia (lookingatappalachia.org) project.

There's a new opportunity to get involved with ASFC: Become a charter member! Contribute insight, support our programming, and enjoy a variety of membership perks! Click HERE for more information. 

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Fundraising CD!

"Friends of the Folklife Center, Volume 1" features 15 tracks of music by wonderful artists who have been connected to the center over the years. It is a fantastic compilation! You'll hear the tracks playing on the site wide player, and you can purchase the entire album, or buy individual tracks here. 


Upcoming Events

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Season Schedule

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St. James UCC

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Christ Church UCC

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1st Congregational UCC

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CYF United

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Appalachian Mental Health Summit

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