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Events for August 2017

  • 2017 Appalachian String Band Festival

    August 02, 2017 to August 06, 2017 — Clifftop, Fayette

    A five day mountaintop gathering of musicians and friends with contests, concerts, workshops, square dances, camping and a hymn-sing. West Virginia masters are presented to an audience of more than 3000 musicians and string band music lovers from around the world. Over the history of this festival, more than 20 foreign countries and 48 of the 50 states have been represented, with many returning year after year to this much-loved festival.

    August 2-August 6, 2017


    July 28-August 1, 2017

  • Under Fire!: Hold the High Ground, 1862

    August 05, 2017 to August 06, 2017 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to witness the power of field artillery that defended the Union garrison during the Siege of 1862. The park’s Living History staff will present artillery demonstrations July 29-30 and August 5-6 at 1, 2, and 3 p.m., on the battle that led to General Stonewall Jackson’s capture of 12,500 Federal soldiers. A military camp will be open for visitation on the Bolivar Heights Battlefield from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Shuttles from the park’s Visitor Center to the Bolivar Heights Battlefield will be available.

    “We are surrounded by enemy batteries,” wrote a Union officer garrisoned at Harpers Ferry on September 15, 1862. On that day, the 12,500-man Union garrison surrendered to Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson. This military action at Harpers Ferry was the largest surrender of Union troops during the American Civil War. Following the surrender of Federal troops, Jackson’s men marched northward to join Confederate General Robert E. Lee near Sharpsburg, Maryland, arriving in time to save Lee’s flank from annihilation during the Battle of Antietam.

    For further details, call the Information Center at 304-535-6029

  • Summer Craft Workshops

    August 13, 2017 to August 18, 2017 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Five workshops are available August 13-18 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Learn watercolors, nature printing, woodcarving, woodturning and quilting.

    Call 304-372-7860 for details.

  • The Holocaust: A Personal Story

    August 15, 2017 — Wellsburg, Brooke

    Presenter Jenniffer Weber shares how she began studying the Holocaust and the importance of Holocaust education. From a life-changing trip to Israel to volunteering with Classrooms Without Borders, Weber’s experiences show the lasting impact of this tragic chapter in history. Her slide show will offer a glimpse into the life of Holocaust survivor Magda Herzberger, including passages from Magda’s own books. An inspiring and eye-opening program.

    Call 304-737-1551 to register or for more information.

    Free and open to the public.

    Starts at 6pm, August 15

    Brooke County Public Library, 945 Main St., Wellsburg, WV 26070

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    August 17, 2017 — Charleston, Kanawha

    With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown Charleston ArtWalk celebrates the arts on the third Thursday each month March through December, except in November and June when the event falls on Black Friday and the week of FestivALL, respectively. Specific 2017 dates are below. ​ There is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

    • March 16
    • April 20
    • May 18
    • June 22 (FestivALL)
    • July 20
    • Aug. 17
    • Sept. 21
    • Oct. 19
    • Nov. 24 (Black Friday)
    • Dec. 21

  • Niagara Movement Pilgrimage to John Brown's Fort

    August 20, 2017 — Harpers Ferry, Jefferson

    On Sunday, August 20, 2017, at 8:00 a.m. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park invites the public to retrace the 1906 footsteps of the men and women of the Niagara Movement during a commemorative ranger guided walk to the 1906 site of the John Brown Fort. The ceremony will include music, historic readings and a memorial roll call of the members of the Niagara Movement. Following the pilgrimage, a non-denominational memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Curtis Freewill Baptist Church in Harpers Ferry.

    Those wishing to participate should drive directly to the Murphy Farm and then to the church.

    The program is part of the 150th Anniversary of the founding of Storer College, the first school in West Virginia to welcome students of all backgrounds. The year-long commemoration culminates on October 6-8, with a weekend of special tours, programs, drama and music. To learn more about Storer College’s history and to check for additional information about the events, visit or call Harpers Ferry National Historical Park at 304-535-6298

  • Summer Craft Workshops

    August 27, 2017 to September 01, 2017 — Cedar Lakes Conference Center, Jackson

    Four workshops are available August 27-September 1 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Learn watercolors, stained glass, woodturning, and basketry. Call 304-372-7860 for information.

  • Crossroads: Civil War Comes to Shepherdstown

    August 30, 2017 — Shepherdstown, Jefferson

    On August 30, Dr. James J. Broomall will speak on “Crossroads: Civil War Comes to Shepherdstown.” Dr. Broomall is an Assistant Professor of History at Shepherd University, and Director of the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. His talk, part of the Historic Shepherdstown Commission 2017 Speakers Series, will take place at the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education on North King Street on the campus of Shepherd University. It is free and open to the public.

    The event will begin at 6:45 with a short HSC Annual Meeting, followed by Dr. Broomall’s talk at 7:00 p.m. At the Annual Meeting, members will vote on new Board Members and a new Five-Year Plan.

    Dr. Broomall earned his doctorate at the University of Florida. His forthcoming book, “Personal Confederacies: Southern Men as Citizens and Soldiers,” is under contract with the University of North Carolina Press. In it he describes the emotional lives and gender identities of white southern men and their families, before, during and after the Civil War. This presentation will feature voices of civilians and soldiers to capture how the American Civil War threaded itself through the small community of Shepherdstown, Virginia, and the adjoining region.

    The final 2017 Historic Shepherdstown Speakers Series talk will take place on November 8, when local historian Doug Perks will present “Changing Faces—Mr. Jefferson’s County,” old and new images of local people and buildings, highlighting the changes over time.

    For further information, contact HSC at or 304-876-0910.

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