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Events for August 2015

  • Sustainable Agriculture lecture

    August 01, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    On Saturday, August 1, at the Kump Education Center in Elkins, Marcia Mitchell will discuss the history and future of sustainable agriculture. For more details contact Heather Biola at 304-637-7820 or

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Homespun & Handmade: Culture in the AFHA Region

    August 01, 2015 to August 31, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    The Appalachian Forest Heritage Area’s “Homespun & Handmade: Culture in the AFHA Region,” exhibit is now open at the historic Darden Mill Building in Elkins. For more details contact Scott Prouty at

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Alpine Art & Music Festival

    August 01, 2015 — Ripley, Jackson

    Six musical acts and more than a dozen artists from Jackson and surrounding counties will be featured from noon until 5 p.m.

    The musicians will perform in the historic Alpine Theatre, 210 W. Main Street in Ripley. Admission is $5.

    The artists will have their work displayed on the lawn of the Jackson County Courthouse and along the art walk in downtown businesses.

    August 1, noon-5 P.M.

  • New_river_gorge_bridge_def_up_sq Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: The New River Gorge Bridge

    August 04, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, August 4, Erin Riebe will discuss the construction of the New River Gorge Bridge in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    The New River Gorge Bridge was the most expensive undertaking of the Appalachian Development Highway System. The ADHS was authorized in 1965 to provide economic development in isolated areas and also to supplement the growing interstate system, providing access to areas within the region. The opening of the bridge in 1977 reduced the drive across the gorge at this location from a 45-minute drive on winding and often treacherous roads to less than one minute. Once it opened to regular traffic, the bridge played an important role in the development of the area, linking areas north and south of the gorge as well as West Virginia’s “Corridor L Communities” with the rest of the state.

    At time of construction, the bridge’s arch made it the longest steel arch bridge in the world, a title it held until 2003 with the construction of China’s Shanghai’s Lupu Bridge. Though the bridge itself employs a fairly conventional design, its construction represents a number of construction achievements. The engineers and ironworkers overcame major obstacles due to its enormous scale and the then-remote Appalachian location.

    In her presentation, Erin Riebe, National Register of Historic Places coordinator with the West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, will detail the history of the efforts to plan and construct the New River Gorge Bridge which was listed in the National Register in 2013 at the young age of 36.

    On August 4, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

    If you have been unable to attend some of our recent evening programs, please check the Archives and History’s YouTube page: (

  • Benjamin Franklin, History Alive!

    August 08, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Revolutionary, founding father, printer, scientist, inventor, journalist, traveler, diplomat, thinker, civic leader, natural philosopher, humorist, librarian, organizer, militia member, international celebrity, and quintessential American. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most extraordinary men in history and the most famous American of his time. He was the only founding father to sign the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Paris, and the United States Constitution.

    Benjamin Franklin, History Alive!, 4pm August 8 at Craik-Patton House in Charleston.

    History Alive! is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • Perseids Meteor Shower

    August 12, 2015 to August 13, 2015

    The Perseids is one of the best meteor showers to observe, producing up to 60 meteors per hour at its peak. It is produced by comet Swift-Tuttle, which was discovered in 1862. The Perseids are famous for producing a large number of bright meteors. The shower runs annually from July 17 to August 24. It peaks this year on the night of August 12 and the morning of August 13. The thin crescent moon will be no match for the bright Perseids this year so be prepared for a great show. Best viewing will be from a dark location after midnight. Meteors will radiate from the constellation Perseus, but can appear anywhere in the sky.

  • Ivy Terrace Concert Series presents Robin & Doug

    August 13, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Carnegie Hall’s summer concert series is perhaps the most loved of the year. Enjoy FREE live music on the lawn of Carnegie Hall June through August. Bring a picnic supper, a blanket and your dancing shoes! Concerts are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All performances begin at 6:30PM.

    August 13: Robin and Doug

  • New moon

    August 14, 2015

    New moon

  • State Fair of West Virginia

    August 14, 2015 to August 23, 2015 — Fairlea, Greenbrier

    In 1854, the Greenbrier Agricultural Society began organizing and having an annual fair where agricultural accomplishments could be displayed. Declared the State Fair by the legislature in 1941, it continues today with new excitement, new shows and the same feeling of being at an old time event. The 2015 State Fair themed “It Feels Like Fun. It Feels Like Fair”, is a 10-day Fair scheduled August 14-23, 2015. Visit the State Fair website for calendar of events, entertainment and tickets.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    August 20, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Now in its 13th year, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is a free self-guided walking tour of Charleston’s shops, galleries and businesses featuring regional art and performances. Typically held the third Thursday of each month, participating shops and organizations extend their hours for browsing, shopping and mingling.

    Participating shops are located along Quarrier, Capitol and Lee streets in Downtown Charleston and feature a variety of art – from paintings and sculptures to photography and music. Attendees can stroll along at their own pace, dip in and out of stores and stop off along the way for a bite to eat at a downtown restaurant. This well-loved family-friendly event takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. and attracts art aficionados as well as folks who just want to get out and try something new.

    The 2015 schedule:

    • March 19
    • April 16
    • May 21
    • June 25 (FestivALL)
    • July 16
    • August 20
    • September 17
    • October 15
    • Nov. 27 (Black Friday)
    • December 17

    For more information:

  • Richard Polsky lecture

    August 20, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    August 20 from 6-8 P.M. at the Clay Center in Charleston, author Richard Polsky will discuss the first person writing process and explore what attracted him to the genre. This is part of the center’s “Self-Reflection” exhibit.

    This project is funded in part by a West Virginia Humanities Council grant.

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: "Emancipation and Statehood in West Virginia"

    August 20, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, August 20, 2015, Dr. Michael Woods will discuss the “Emancipation and Statehood in West Virginia” in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    In the fall and winter of 1862-63, President Abraham Lincoln transformed the Civil War into a revolution by issuing the preliminary and final versions of his Emancipation Proclamation. Professor Michael Woods of Marshall University discusses the origins, development, and effects of the two-part proclamation, paying special attention to West Virginia-then in the process of statehood-in the broader story. Shrouded in myths and half-truths, the Emancipation Proclamation’s true significance and limitations become clearer by considering the relationship of the Mountain State to the politics of slavery and war.

    Michael Woods is assistant professor of history at Marshall University. He completed his BA at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, and his MA and PhD at the University of South Carolina. His book, Emotional and Sectional Conflict in the Antebellum United States, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. He has also published articles in the Journal of Social History and the Journal of American History. Woods teaches courses on U.S. history, the Civil War era, and the U.S. South.

    For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

  • Fourth Annual Brew Skies Festival

    August 21, 2015 to August 22, 2015 — Canaan Valley, Tucker

    Brew Skies is more than just a music festival. It’s a unique, family-friendly celebration of West Virginia’s increasingly expanding craft beer movement, local artisan, craft & food vendors, and a wide range of musical performances – both local and nationally known acts. Presented by Mountain State Brewing Co., join us on two dates: August 21st & 22nd for Brew Skies Festival 2015.

    The music starts at 5pm on Friday and ends at 12am. On Saturday performances are from 11am to 12am. We have a full lineup of local & national musicians and festivities throughout the day! Currently there will be nine West Virginia breweries in attendance. This year Brew Skies will be held at the beautiful Timberline Four Seasons Resort in Canaan Valley, WV.

    More information at

  • Your Quilt Story

    August 23, 2015 to August 28, 2015 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Mary Lou Weidman is the expert instructor for the 4-day workshop about designing quilts that tell your story. The unique quilts become a diary piece that tell your story for generations to come. Cedar Lakes offers a year-round schedule of craft workshops. Call Gloria Gregorich at 304-372-7860 for information.

  • Ivy Terrace Concert Series presents the Hans Creek String Band

    August 27, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Carnegie Hall’s summer concert series is perhaps the most loved of the year. Enjoy FREE live music on the lawn of Carnegie Hall June through August. Bring a picnic supper, a blanket and your dancing shoes! Concerts are held the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month. All performances begin at 6:30PM.

    August 27: Hans Creek String Band

  • African American Life: A Personal Perspective

    August 27, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, August 27, 2015, Richard H. Payne will present “African American Life: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program, which is the second of the 2015 The Block Speakers Series, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Payne graduated from Garnet High School in Charleston in 1954. He received further education from West Virginia State University, with graduate studies at West Virginia University, Indiana University of Bloomington, Indiana, and Marshall University. A lead equal opportunity specialist with more than 40 years of experience, Payne served as the principal on-site Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity civil rights official. Payne’s responsibility in cooperation with the director of the Pittsburgh Field Office was to enforce the Fair Housing Act and other civil rights laws to reduce the level of housing discrimination. His duties also included promoting economic opportunity by providing technical assistance and conducting monitoring reviews of public housing authorities, reducing the number of aged Title VIII, and ensuring proper use of fair housing funds.

    Payne was instrumental in the establishment of the West Virginia Human Rights Commission, the Charleston Human Rights Commission, the Huntington Human Rights Commission and the Monroeville, Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. He is a life member and former president of the Charleston Branch of the NAACP, West Virginia NAACP youth advisor, and a co-founder and former president of UNION, a civil right organization consisting of 35 independent organizations under the umbrella of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference headed by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Payne is the father of four daughters, all of whom have achieved advanced academic degrees.

    For additional information, call (304) 558-0230.

  • Full moon

    August 29, 2015

    Full moon

  • Bike MS: Country Roads Ride

    August 29, 2015 to August 30, 2015 — White Sulphur Springs, Greenbrier

    Enjoy the scenic roads of the Greenbrier and Pocahontas counties of West Virginia as you pedal along with other cyclists riding to create a world free of MS! Road cyclists will take in some of West Virginia’s most beautiful territory sneaking a peak at Senator Rockefeller’s countryside home and riding through Greenbank Observatory. Likewise, trail cyclists will enjoy the beautiful Greenbrier River Trail—a packed, crusher surface with a mere one percent grade.

    This fun and safe ride is fully supported with rest stops every 10-15 miles, Support and Gear (SAG) vehicles, medics, and bike mechanics.

    The first day concludes at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and a shuttle is provided up to Snowshoe Mountain Resort where cyclists can enjoy the breathtaking views while partaking a delicious meal, massages, musical entertainment and an evening program. Sunday’s route heads cyclists back to The Greenbrier (a national historic landmark, with impeccable service and outstanding amenities) for another fun finish line celebration. The sense of accomplishment that you’ll feel as you cross the finish line can only be matched by the knowledge that you are making a difference in the lives of people affected by MS.

    The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to a vision of a world free of MS. Your participation in Bike MS provides help for today and hope for tomorrow by funding education programs, support services, advocacy, and research.

    Participant Requirements: To participate and obtain a rider number all cyclists must:

    • Be at least 18 years of age by the day of the ride •Collect a minimum of $300 in donations
    • Complete a Bike MS Waiver and Safety Pledge Route Options Two Days: 60 or 75 mile Road Route each day Two Days: 60 mile Trail Trek each day
    • Start: The Greenbrier
    • Overnight: Snowshoe Mountain Resort
    • Sunday Finish: The Greenbrier

    Register at or contact the Chapter at 855-372-1331.

    Direct link to page:

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