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Events for May 2015

  • Scottish Heritage Festival & Celtic Gathering

    May 01, 2015 to May 03, 2015 — Bridgeport, Harrison

    The 2015 Festival is held the weekend of May 1-3, 2015 in Bridgeport, West Virginia. Friday night has a Ceilidh, a party with music, food and conversation. The main Festival is on Saturday all day at the Bridgeport City Park. On Saturday evening we have a concert with our professional the Bridgeport High School. On Sunday, there is a Kirkin of the Tartans, a short parade in downtown Clarksburg followed by a church service at the First Presbyterian Church.

  • Homespun and Handmade: Culture in the Appalachian Forest Heritage Area

    May 01, 2015 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    Exhibit opening May 1 at Darden Mill, Elkins.

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

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra: Timeless Tchaikovsky

    May 01, 2015 to May 02, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Timeless Tchaikovsky @ the Clay Center

    May 1 and 2 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

  • Cheat River Festival

    May 02, 2015 — Albright, Preston

    The annual Cheat River Festival is a celebration of new life, that which comes each Spring and the new life that can be found in the Cheat River watershed. Cheat Fest is Friends of the Cheat’s annual fundraiser which helps us advance our watershed projects and supports the organization’s administrative costs. Rain or shine, Cheat Fest is always a good time!

    From 11:30am ’till 11:30pm on Saturday, May 2nd, the festival grounds in Albright, West Virginia will once again transform into a haven for boaters, music lovers, and families. Bands from all over Appalachia will entertain crowds with live music all day, while Fest goers browse the Art Market, learn about other non-profit organizations that share the FOC vision, bid on a great array of silent auction goods, buy a variety of food and merchandise vendors, and above all, help support Friends of the Cheat.

    Another reason to love Cheat Fest: kids under twelve are free! This year, kids of all ages will congregate at the ever-growing Kid’s Tent from noon ’till 5:00pm for a host of hands-on activities.

  • 20th Annual West Virginia Marble Festival

    May 02, 2015 — Cairo, Ritchie

    Visit the 20th Annual West Virginia Marble Festival. Cairo WV. 10 AM-3 PM, Saturday, May 2nd. Show, Sale, Artist and Dealers and marble schmoozing. FREE Admission

  • Heritage Farm Spring Festival

    May 02, 2015 — Huntington, Cabell

    May 2, 10AM-3PM. Blacksmithing, sheep shearing, timber sawing, woodworking, printing and much more.

  • WVU National Writing Project Teacher Leadership Institute

    May 02, 2015 — Morgantown, Monongalia WVHC Event

    The West Virginia University National Writing Project Teacher Leadership Institute begins at the WVU Morgantown campus on Saturday, May 2, 2015, and continues June 29 through July 2. For more details contact Audra Slocum at audra.slocum@mail.wvu. The teacher institute participants have been selected and is not open to additional participants.

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

  • Sunday@Two - Allegheny Echoes

    May 03, 2015 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Sunday@Two – Allegheny Echoes

    2:00PM May 3 at Tamarack

    Allegheny Echoes is the concept of a group of West Virginia musicians and writers who wish to promote, support, preserve, and teach their own art from within. Our goal is to provide an accurate representation of West Virginia art that is not packaged and altered to appeal to a specific market. Allegheny Echoes emphasis is placed on teaching West Virginia styles with an overall look toward embracing Appalachian culture. The weeklong workshops serve as a base from which to branch out into concerts, festivals, and other regularly scheduled programs.

    Tamarack offers a FREE concert every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. From Bluegrass to Blues, Tamarack has live performances for the whole family to enjoy. There is no admission fee for any Sunday@Two (2:00 p.m.) performance.

  • Full moon

    May 03, 2015

    Full moon

  • Matthew West and Colton Dixon at the Clay Center

    May 03, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Sunday, May 3, 7:30 pm

    Tickets: $55, $40, $25, $15

    Watch two of the most popular artists in Christian music today sing hits that have inspired millions. Listen as American Idol alum Colton Dixon opens with songs such as “More of You” and “You Are,” followed by a headlining set with a higher purpose including hits like “Hello, My Name Is” and “Forgiveness” from celebrated storyteller Matthew West.

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: Outlaws in West Virginia

    May 05, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, May 5, 2015, Dr. Melissa Sartore will discuss “Outlaws in West Virginia: War, Whiskey, and Wonder—and not a Robin Hood in Sight” 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.

    West Virginia is associated with outlaws and “outlaw activity” in the minds of many, in aspects of popular culture, and even in history books. Outlaws similarly evoke notions of Robin Hood-figures that fight injustice and give back to society despite breaking the law in doing so. There are very few indications, however, that any outlaws in West Virginia—John Brown and the Hatfields and McCoys, for example—were heroic. West Virginia’s relationship with outlaw behavior (such as fighting, bank robbery, and moonshining) reveals the complex relationship between law, culture, and justice in Appalachia while demonstrating how the definitions of outlaws shape and are shaped by our collective consciousness. Sartore will discuss outlaws in history and folklore as well as how West Virginia has fostered the outlaws it needs, Robin Hood or not.

    Melissa Sartore received a B.A. and M.A. from Western Illinois University and her Ph.D. in medieval history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dissertation, “Outlawry, Governance, and Law in Medieval England,” was recently transitioned into a book published in 2013. Sartore currently is an assistant professor of history at WVU-Tech.

    On May 5, 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.

  • Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!

    May 05, 2015 — Paden City, Tyler WVHC Event

    Eleanor Roosevelt, History Alive!, 6:30 PM, May 5 at the Paden City Public Library.

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

  • 43rd Annual Open Studio at Sycamore Pottery

    May 08, 2015 to May 10, 2015 — Leetown, Jefferson

    Sycamore Pottery will host their 43rd Annual Open Studio the weekend of May 8,9,10, 2015. The public is invited to visit the studio and workshop located at 5210 Paynes Ford Road, Leetown, WV. Hours are 10 to 4.

    Ren & Pam Parziale make stoneware and salt glazed pottery. Their classical shaped bowls, pitchers, and platters are made on the potter’s wheel and high temperature fired. They also make earthenware pots decorated with colorful majolica glazes.

    Ren and Pam Parziale founded Sycamore Pottery in Jefferson County in 1971. Ren’s early training was as a production potter within the tradition of early American folk pottery. Pam studied at the Haystack School of Crafts with Cynthia Bringle.

    The Parziales are featured on a YouTube video “Risk and Peace” by filmmaker Jack Kelly. This is part of the online series which profiles West Virginia artists. Risk and peace can be viewed at:

    “Our customers enjoy handmade objects. In a high-tech world, objects made the old fashioned way are valued by people who come to the pottery,” says Pam. “Pots made on the potter’s wheel are a way to connect to the past, to our country’s history,” says Ren.

    Directions: From intersection of Route 9 and 480 (Kearneysville), go south on Rt. 1 towards Leetown 3 miles. Turn onto Paynes Ford Road at historical marker “The Bower.” Go one mile to 5210 Paynes Ford Road. Turn up hill and follow signs to Sycamore Pottery. Or call 304-725-4251; email:

  • Mother's Day

    May 10, 2015

    Mother’s Day

  • Benjamin Franklin, History Alive!

    May 12, 2015 — South Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Benjamin Franklin, History Alive!, 6:30 PM, May 12 at the Holiday Inn, South Charleston.

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

  • Concert: Carnegie Children's Choir

    May 12, 2015 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    Carnegie Children’s Choir Spring Concert. 7:00 PM May 12 at Carnegie Hall in Lewisburg. Free.


  • Fort_randolph_sq Siege of Fort Randolph

    May 14, 2015 to May 17, 2015 — Point Pleasant, Mason

    Siege of Fort Randolph

    May 15th, 16th and 17th 2015

    In May of 1778, a war party of over 200 Shawnee warriors appeared at Fort Randolph. Unable to entice the men from the fort, the Indians rose from their hiding places to form a line stretching from the Ohio to the Kanawha Rivers, thus placing Fort Randolph under siege.

    Welcome Native and Euro 18th century enthusiasts to the 15th annual Siege of Fort Randolph encampment and reenactment at Krodel Park in Point Pleasant, WV. The main event features the re-enactment of Chief Cornstalk’s fateful visit to Fort Randolph in the fall of 1777, and the subsequent siege placed upon the fort in May of 1778. The drama and battle will take place on Saturday, May 16th at 2pm ONLY.

    Friday evening there will be a seminar geared toward re-enactor development, or a rehearsal for those with speaking parts or interested participants. Saturday events include demonstrations and the drama/reenactment at 2 pm for the public. Saturday evening there will be a fort feast, fundraiser auction, and tavern entertainment. Sunday a trek among the hills will be offered. The Fort will be open to the public for life skills demos. Early set-up is available on Thursday. Demonstrators for Friday school day are highly appreciated. Please bring an item to donate for the fundraiser auction. Please bring any extra items that you would be willing to loan for use during the drama such as wooden buckets, ‘old-fashion’ garden tools, clothes, etc.

    Straw, firewood, water, restrooms, and showers are available on site.

    For more information contact:

    • Craig Hesson
    • 994 Sandhill Road
    • Point Pleasant, WV 25550
    • (304)-675-7933
    • e-mail:

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: The J. Q. Dickinson Saltworks

    May 14, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, May 14, 2015, Carter and Nancy Bruns will discuss “The J. Q. Dickinson Saltworks” 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 Dickinsons were early saltmakers in the Kanawha Valley, and in 1832 the John Q. Dickinson salt furnace was established at Malden. Repaired after the Civil War, the facility remained in operation well into the twentieth century, for many years as the last salt operation in the area. Carter Bruns will speak about the industrialization of the Kanawha Valley by the salt industry. He also will touch on the industry in the country during this time. Nancy Bruns, a descendant of the Dickinsons, will talk about the family history from the Civil War to the present and why she and her brother revived the salt business.

    Carter Bruns grew up in Colorado and received a B.A. in economics from The Colorado College, then attended the New England Culinary Institute, where he met his wife Nancy, a native of Charleston and a graduate of Bucknell University. The couple owned and operated a small restaurant in the mountains of North Carolina for years, allowing her to discover the importance of food sourcing and the connection of family farming to a healthy food system.

    The Bruns sold the restaurant in 2008, and Carter decided to pursue a second passion, the study of early American history. While earning his master’s degree, he became intrigued by the frequency of colonists’ complaints surrounding a lack of abundant salt and the lackluster efforts to produce the essential mineral in the America’s English colonies. His master’s thesis, “The Whole River is Abustle,” examines the antebellum Kanawha Valley salt industry as an example of American frontier industrialization and resultant environmental degradation predating the more commonly known early industrial centers of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Carter is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at University of South Carolina, where he is working on an analysis of the reactions of Missouri farmers to the Kanawha salt combinations in the 1830s.

    Seeking to marry her love of food and deep family heritage with a meaningful business, Nancy Bruns revived her family’s salt enterprise in Malden with her brother Lewis Payne two years ago. The J. Q. Dickinson Salt-Works harvests an all-natural gourmet salt by hand.

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

  • Blues Traveler at the Clay Center

    May 15, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Friday, May 15, 8 pm

    Tickets: $55, $45, $35, $25

    Heavy rotation hits like “Run Around” and “Hook” put this band on the map, but it’s their singular sound that keeps their songs, old and new, fresh year after year. Hear a mashup of blues, psychedelic and Southern rock as harmonica-playing front man John Popper and company bring their unique style to the stage.

  • West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Grand Opening

    May 16, 2015 — Matewan, Mingo WVHC Event

    The West Virginia Mine Wars Museum Grand Opening takes place Saturday, May 16, from 10 am to 4 p.m.

    Come get your first glimpse of the museum’s interactive exhibits, hear from mine wars reenactors and historians, and enjoy music, food, and fellowship. The opening coincides with the town’s renowned Matewan Heritage Day festivities.

    WHEN: May 16 from 10 am to 4 pm / Formal program from 1 pm to 3 pm / Matewan Massacre Drama performances at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    WHERE: 336 Mate Street in downtown Matewan, WV

    ACTIVITIES: Live music, food, live taping of the Friendly Neighbor Radio Show, door prize, historical reenactors, descendants of mine war participants, exhibits, gift shop, Matewan Massacre Drama.

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

  • Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!

    May 16, 2015 — Lost River, Hardy WVHC Event

    Stonewall Jackson, History Alive!, 11:00 AM and again at 2:00 PM, May 16 at Lost River Museum.

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

  • Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud traveling exhibit

    May 16, 2015 to June 30, 2015 — Matewan, Mingo WVHC Event

    The Humanities Council traveling exhibit, The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud, will be at Matewan Visitor Center May 16 through June 30. To book the exhibit contact program officer Mark Payne at or 304-346-8500.

    The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council. The traveling exhibit is funded in part by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston.

  • Mark Twain, History Alive!

    May 17, 2015 — Lost River, Hardy WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 1:00 PM May 17 at Lost River Museum.

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

  • West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association meeting

    May 17, 2015 — Quiet Dell, Harrison

    The May meeting of the West Virginia State Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association is set for Sunday, May 17, 2015. 2:00 p.m. at the historic Quiet Dell Grade School-CCC Museum, Harrison County, West Virginia, South of Clarksburg-Bridgeport, just off I79, exit 115. The public is invited.

  • Claycenter-def-009_up_sq Aretha Franklin at the Clay Center

    May 17, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Sunday, May 17, 7:30 pm

    Tickets: $150, $115, $90, $65

    She’s known for timeless classics such as “Respect,” “A Natural Woman” and “Chain of Fools.” Now’s your chance to experience the grace, power and distinctive, to-the-bone vocals of the reigning Queen of Soul in this once-in-a-lifetime performance.

  • New moon

    May 18, 2015

    New moon

  • The Changing Role of Media in Politics: From Tom Paine to Twitter

    May 19, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    The Humanities Council is partnering with the Harvard Club of West Virginia to present Harvard University Professor Timothy McCarthy for a lecture in Charleston. McCarthy will deliver “The Changing Role of Media in Politics: From Tom Paine to Twitter” at 7:00 p.m. on May 19 at the Woman’s Club of Charleston located at 1600 Virginia Street, East on Charleston’s East End. The program is free and the public is invited to attend.

    “The Harvard Club of West Virginia is delighted to partner once again with the West Virginia Humanities Council to bring esteemed faculty members to Charleston,” said club member Dan Foster. Professor McCarthy’s panoramic lecture — from the pamphlet wars of the American Revolution to the social media revolution—will explore the history of the relationship between media and U.S. politics, with an emphasis on key moments of transition.

    Timothy McCarthy is an award-winning scholar, teacher, and activist. He holds a joint faculty appointment in Harvard’s undergraduate honors program in history and literature and at the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is the founding director of the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. He is also the Stanley Paterson Professor of American History in the Boston Clemente Course in the Humanities in Dorchester, Massachusetts.

    McCarthy graduated with honors in history and literature from Harvard College, and earned his M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in history from Columbia University. A historian of politics and social movements, Dr. McCarthy’s work focuses on slavery and abolition, media culture and communications; protest literature and the American radical tradition, the politics of race, gender and sexuality in the United States; and global human rights. He is author or editor of five books and has published numerous essays.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    May 21, 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:

  • Humanities Council grant writing workshop

    May 21, 2015 — Middlebourne, Tyler WVHC Event

    West Virginia Humanities Council grants administrator Amy Saunders Postalwait will conduct a grant-writing workshop on Thursday, May 21, at the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne, located at Main and Broad. It begins at 10:30 a.m. and runs until 12:00 p.m. Seating is limited and registration is suggested. Contact grants administrator Amy Postalwait at (304) 346-8500 or to register.

    Grant-writing workshops are conducted to better acquaint West Virginians with the Humanities Council’s grant guidelines and application process. A variety of matching grants are offered by the Council year-round to nonprofit organizations in West Virginia that support educational programming. The West Virginia Humanities Council is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and serves West Virginia through grants and direct programs in the humanities. If your nonprofit organization is interested in hosting a grant-writing workshop, contact Postalwait at the address listed above.

    The following grant categories are reviewed at the workshop:

    Minigrants. Humanities Council minigrants support small projects, single events, lectures, small museum exhibits and brochures, consultation needs, and planning for more complex projects. They are awarded four times per year for projects up to $1,500. The next minigrant deadline is June 1, followed by October 1, February 1, and April 1.

    Major grants. This category supports public programs including, but not limited to, lectures, school projects, panel discussions, reading/discussion series, exhibits, reenactments, and conferences. They are awarded twice a year for projects over $1,500 and up to $20,000. The deadlines for major grant applications are September 1 and February 1.

    Teacher Institute grants. West Virginia college and university professors are invited to submit a proposal for a two-week seminar on a humanities topic suited to the teaching needs of elementary or secondary teachers. These grants, up to $25,000, are awarded once a year for summer teaching seminars. The deadline is September 1. One to three teacher institute grants are awarded annually to a college or university.

    Publication grants. Only completed manuscripts sponsored by recognized academic presses and established nonprofit presses are eligible. These grants, up to $20,000, are awarded once a year with an application deadline of September 1.

    Media grants. Humanities Council media grants up to $20,000 are awarded once a year to support the planning, scripting, and production of projects intended to produce audio or video materials. These grants also fund websites or a newspaper series. The deadline for media grant applications is September 1.

    Fellowships. Grants of $2,500 are awarded once a year. Fellowships offer West Virginia teachers, college and university faculty, and independent scholars support for research and writing projects. Eligible projects include, but are not limited to, the study of interpretive archaeology; the history, theory, and criticism of the arts; ethics; history; jurisprudence; modern and classical languages; linguistics; literature; philosophy; comparative religion; and philosophical and historical approaches to the social sciences. The deadline for Fellowship applications is February 1.

    Travel Assistance Program grants. These grants fund conference registration fees, transportation, lodging, and food at professional meetings and conferences. Up to $500 is available to individuals associated with museums, historical societies, institutions of higher and secondary education, and other nonprofit groups. The deadline is sixty days prior to the travel date.

    For more information or to register for the workshop at the Tyler County Public Library in Middlebourne, contact Amy Postalwait at (304) 346-8500 or email Grant guidelines and applications are also available on the West Virginia Humanities Council website,

  • Lecture: African American Life: A Personal Perspective

    May 21, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, May 21, 2015, Lewis R. Smoot Sr. 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 first of the 2015 Block Speakers Series, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Smoot graduated from Garnet High School in Charleston in 1951 and received a B.S. in building construction management from Michigan State in 1956. He also received honorary doctorates from Ohio Dominican and Franklin universities. After a couple of years with the Army Corps of Engineers, Lewis Smoot went to work at the Sherman R. Smoot Company, a masonry company that had been started by his father Sherman and other relatives in Charleston.

    Today he is chairman and chief executive officer of Smoot Construction Corporation. He is responsible for executive management operations for Smoot Construction Company of Ohio, Smoot Management Corporation of Ohio, Smoot Construction LLC (Indiana), and Smoot Construction Company of Washington D.C. Smoot has received numerous awards for his participation in the community. He has a long and distinguished career in both construction and community involvement in the central Ohio area, Indianapolis, and Washington D.C. and has served in varied capacities as trustee or on the board of directors of many organizations or foundations.

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

  • 39th Vandalia Gathering

    May 22, 2015 to May 24, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Vandalia Gathering, May 22-24, 2015, at the State Capitol in Charleston.

    Annual celebration of the traditional arts, music, dance, stories, crafts and food of West Virginia. Join us every Memorial Day weekend, Friday through Sunday. More information

  • Morgantown History Museum Flatboat Living History Exhibit opening

    May 23, 2015 — Morgantown, Monongalia WVHC Event

    The Morgantown History Museum Flatboat Living History exhibit will open on Saturday, May 23, 2015, on the banks of the Monongahela River, in Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown. For more details contact Steve Stathakis at

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

  • Sunday@Two -Michael and Carrie Kline

    May 24, 2015 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Sunday@Two -Michael and Carrie Kline

    2:00Pm May 24 at Tamarack

    Michael and Carrie Kline are a musical duo, performing tight, high mountain harmonies of traditional Appalachian, Gospel and contemporary songs.

    Full of history, they weave stories and music of rural and small town America.

    Tamarack offers a FREE concert every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. From Bluegrass to Blues, Tamarack has live performances for the whole family to enjoy. There is no admission fee for any Sunday@Two (2:00 p.m.) performance.

  • Memorial Day

    May 25, 2015

    Memorial Day

  • Sunday@Two - New River Jazz

    May 31, 2015 — Beckley, Raleigh

    Sunday@Two – New River Jazz

    2:00PM May 31 at Tamarack

    New River Jazz is a continually growing group from right here in Beckley West Virginia. Their love of music shines through everything they play. So join me in welcoming Beckley’s favorite Jazz/Big Band/Swing group, New River Jazz!

    Tamarack offers a FREE concert every Sunday at 2:00 p.m. From Bluegrass to Blues, Tamarack has live performances for the whole family to enjoy. There is no admission fee for any Sunday@Two (2:00 p.m.) performance.

  • America Through the Lens of Ken Burns: Little Lecture

    May 31, 2015 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 PM

    America Through the Lens of Ken Burns: Susan Shumaker

    West Virginian Susan Shumaker is a researcher and producer with the Ken Burns film company Florentine Films. She will talk about her work with Burns on such films as The War, The National Parks, The Dust Bowl and the forthcoming Country Music (scheduled for release in 2018) as well as the expanding role of film and media in relating history for future generations.

    Shumaker joined the Florentine family in 2002 as an intern on The War. She worked with writer/producer Dayton Duncan on the Emmy award-winning The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, focusing on contributions made to the parks by underserved populations, historically and today. The Dust Bowl, for which Susan served as associate producer, premiered on PBS in November 2012, and sparked a national conversation about water conservation on the southern Plains. She also collaborated with WETA on educational outreach materials for The War, The National Parks, and The Dust Bowl.

    Before Florentine, Susan produced digital multimedia, developing award-winning educational CD-ROMS and websites for Harvard, Brown, and Columbia Universities. She left the field in 1996 to indulge her passion for food and travel, writing for national publications and publishing a successful line of vegetarian travel guides. She has served on the boards of Read Aloud, an organization encouraging parents to read to children in the classroom, and the West Virginia Land Trust.

    Susan graduated summa cum laude from West Virginia University and received a Masters of Theological Studies degree from Harvard Divinity School. She lives on a farm in Monongalia County with her husband and their two children.

    Robinson & McElwee PLLC is sponsoring the 2015 Little Lecture Series. Founded in Charleston in 1983, the law firm serves clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

    Admission to the lecture is $10 and includes a reception after the program. People interested in attending should call the Humanities Council at 304-346-8500.

    Little Lecture Series is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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