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Ancient folk song finds new home in Appalachia
The Child Ballads span a time frame of several hundred years. Some have been traced back as early as the 13th century, but the majority date to the 17th and 18th centuries.
Early preservation in West Virginia
Several professors at WVU during the early 20th century were dedicated to the study and preservation of folksong.
Patrick Gainer's preservation work
Fast forward several hundred years to the 1920s, when Patrick Gainer was a student under Cox and Chappell. Inspired by his professors, he too began collecting folk songs.
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