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  • Option 22 Acoustic Duo at Tamarack

    April 07, 2019 — Tamarack, Raleigh

    Enjoy an intimate acoustic concert by the core duo of Option 22 in the beautiful Hullett C. Smith Theater at Tamarack. Hear the early songs as well as the newest tunes and learn where their creative journey has taken them from the time their musical rivers converged into one… now flowing in a transformative creative scene around them. Robert and Lori founded Culturefest World Music & Arts Festival, now in its 16th year, and The RiffRaff Arts Collective, which has been the catalyst for the dynamic revitalization of downtown Princeton, WV. Their music has been at the center of the journey. Lori’s powerful, yet blissfully soothing vocals dance atop Robert’s intuitive, rhythmic guitar stylings, and lyrics speak deep truths and call for unity, compassion and change. When Robert breaks out the didgeridoo and the duo plays the hand drums together, the air seems to ignite with ancient spirit. Hear their music at and discover how they are sharing their knowledge & creativity with the world at

    Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM

    TAMARACK: The Best of West Virginia

    1 Tamarack Park, Beckley, West Virginia 25801


  • Lewisburg Chocolate Festival

    April 13, 2019 — Lewisburg, Greenbrier

    The 13th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 11am – 4pm in downtown Lewisburg, WV. Come out and enjoy thousands of chocolate-themed treats, live music, professional chef demonstrations, free screenings of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, a photo booth, balloon animals, magic shows, and more! All events are free and open to the public. The only cost associated with the festival are tastings – tickets are sold in packets of 5 for $5 and can be purchased in advance at the Visitors Center in downtown Lewisburg or online at Tickets go on sale February 11. Proceeds from the 13th Annual Lewisburg Chocolate Festival benefit United Way of the Greenbrier Valley.

    Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 11 AM – 4 PM

    Lewisburg, West Virginia

  • The Evolution of the West Virginia Movie Theatre

    April 13, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Saturday, April 13, 2019, Dr. Kelli Shapiro will present “The Evolution of the West Virginia Movie Theatre” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Based on her 2018 book for Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America series, Historic Movie Theatres of West Virginia, Shapiro’s lecture covers the evolution of movie theatres in the Mountain State. West Virginia contained an impressive diversity of movie theatres in the 20th century ranging from multipurpose auditoriums in company towns to early nickelodeons and from ornate, urban picture palaces to neighborhood movie houses and suburban drive-ins. In the state’s working-class areas, as well as in upscale districts where industry barons lived, residents came together to find amusement and relaxation in these venues. Many of these theatres have since disappeared, while others sit vacant or have been converted for other uses. Some, however, have been reopened or restored. They proudly provide their communities with entertainment today, whether showing films or hosting the performing arts. They serve as catalysts for local revitalization and as success stories showcasing the value of historic preservation.

    Dr. Shapiro is the program associate for the Preservation Alliance of West Virginia (PAWV), the statewide, nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation in the Mountain State. One of its programs is the West Virginia Historic Theatre Trail, a heritage tourism initiative promoting the rehabilitation and sustainable operation of the state’s historic theatres for the enjoyment of the public.

    Shapiro began appreciating the need for historic preservation, public history interpretation, and heritage tourism while growing up in a California town located along the famed Route 66. She received an M.A. in museum studies and a PhD in American civilization, both from Brown University, as well as a graduate certificate in public history from Texas State University. Before moving to West Virginia in 2015 to join PAWV, she served as an employee, intern, student worker, and/or volunteer at multiple history-oriented institutions including several museums, an urban historic preservation organization, an archive, and an academic center devoted to public history.

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

  • A Conversation With Richard Rothstein

    April 17, 2019 — Institute, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Richard Rothstein will offer the keynote address for the 6th Annual WVSU Human Relations Conference. This year’s conference theme is Building Communities Among Diverse Interests.

    Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 7 PM – 8:30 PM at Ferrell Hall, West Virginia State University. This event is free and open to the public.

    The Color of Law, the book, will be on sale beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    Author book signing will follow the lecture.

    In his 2017 book, The Color of Law, Richard Rothstein illustrates how segregation in America is the byproduct of government policies at the local, state, and federal levels. To scholars and social critics, the racial segregation of our neighborhoods has long been viewed as a manifestation of unscrupulous real estate agents, unethical mortgage lenders, and exclusionary covenants working outside the law. This is what is commonly known as “de facto segregation,” practices that were the outcome of private activity, not law or explicit public policy. Yet, as Rothstein breaks down in case after case, private activity could not have imposed segregation without explicit government policies (de jure segregation) designed to ensure the separation of African Americans from whites.

    A research associate at the Economic Policy Institute, as well as a Fellow at the Thurgood Marshall Institute of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Mr. Rothstein has spent years documenting the evidence that government not merely ignored discriminatory practices in the residential sphere, but promoted them. The impact has been devastating for generations of African-Americans who were denied the right to live where they wanted to live, and raise and school their children where they could flourish.

    “One of the great strengths of Rothstein’s account is the sheer weight of evidence he marshals. …he demolishes the notion that government played a minor role in creating racial ghettos that plague our suburbs and inner cities. Going back to the late 19th century, he uncovers a policy of de jure segregation in virtually every presidential administration including those we normally describe as liberal on domestic issues.” – David Oshinsky, professor of history at New York University, for the New York Times

    Presentation of this lecture is a joint project of WVSU Cultural Activities and YWCA Charleston. This lecture is offered to the WVSU community by the WVSU Office of Student Life and Engagement with the WVSU Committee for Cultural Activities and Educational Assemblies.

    This project is being presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    April 18, 2019 — 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 2019 dates are below.

    ​There is a plethora of art related events and openings, activities, and special programming that take place all over downtown.

    • April 18
    • May 16
    • June 20 (FestivALL)
    • July 18
    • Aug. 15
    • Sept. 19
    • Oct. 17 (FestivFALL)
    • Nov. 29 (Black Friday)
    • Dec. 19

  • Hands on Tamarack: Stained Glass

    April 20, 2019 — Tamarack, Raleigh

    This three hour course teaching simple ways to add decoration to beautiful glass ornaments and suncatchers using wire and beaded overlays. Fun class for beginner and advanced hobbyists alike!

    April 20th | 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM Instructor: Amanda’s Glass Art Cost: $55 plus tax and processing Fee

    More information and signup

    • Glass bases will be precut and ground into various shapes to choose from during class.
    • Three hours will allow more than one project to be created. Some of the shapes and patterns provided are: a variety of flowers, fish, bird, leaf, and heart.
    • Teaches how to apply wire and bead overlays to a leaded glass base, clean, and string a glass project so it is ready to be hung on a tree or in a window.
    • All supplies are included in the class fee. However, you can provide your own glass and designs along with bringing your own tools to be used during the course if you prefer.
    • The supplies provided are for in studio use only. Supplies are available for purchase if you would like to take them home for personal use.
  • Nellie Bly- Annual Friends Spring Event

    April 25, 2019 — Wellsburg, Brooke WVHC Event

    Join us as the Friends of the Brooke County Public Library present their annual Spring Fling, April 25.

    Come meet and greet Nellie Bly who will be portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program!

    Free to attend; light refreshments will be served; please call to reserve a spot!

    Will be located in the River Room of the Brooke County Public Library, please park in the back and enter through the door on the right.

    Starts at 7 pm

    945 Main St. Wellsburg, WV 26070

  • Last Meal on the Titanic

    April 26, 2019 to April 27, 2019 — Wheeling, Ohio

    Join us on board the Titanic for the last dinner that was served before the Titanic sunk to the depths of the ocean.

    There will be professional storyteller in period costumes. 6 course dinner $50 per person Space is limited and “boarding passes” are required Call (304) 223-0085 for reservations

    This event will be held at the Centre Cup Coffee 2201 Market Street Wheeling, WV 26003

    April 26-27

  • The Blue and Gray of Greenwood: Civil War Veterans Interred in Greenwood Cemetery

    April 27, 2019 — Wheeling, Ohio

    eanne Finstein, Ed.D., president of Friends of Wheeling, will present “The Blue and Gray of Greenwood: Civil War Veterans Interred in Greenwood Cemetery” at West Virginia Independence Hall (WVIH) in Wheeling on Saturday, April 27 at 1 p.m. The program is free and open to the public.

    Finstein has located more than 200 Civil War veterans in Greenwood Cemetery and has selected a few to present to visitors at WVIH. Among those to be featured are a Congressional Medal of Honor winner; a Confederate navy man who later was responsible for the building of Wheeling’s Main Street bridge; a Union surgeon who had supervised the drilling of the first oil well in what is now West Virginia; a German immigrant who witnessed the hanging of abolitionist John Brown; a Confederate cavalryman who became one of Wheeling’s most well-known defense attorneys; the founder of Wheeling’s well-known Union artillery unit; and a Confederate who claimed to have fired the second shot at Fort Sumter. Two women also are included in the presentation – a Civil War nurse and later active suffragette, and the leader of the Union Ladies of LaBelle.

    Along with her position with Friends of Wheeling, Finstein serves as treasurer of the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable and the Wheeling Area Genealogical Society. She also is president of Polyhedron Learning Media, Inc., a Wheeling-based company that develops educational software. Finstein spent many years as a classroom teacher and later served as acting president of the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future. Her interest in Civil War-era Wheeling led her to conduct research on the men and women who had a part in the war.

    For more information about WVIH, contact Debbie Jones, site manager, at (304) 238-1300 or

    West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.

  • Philippi’s Historic Adaland Mansion

    April 28, 2019 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    April 28 – Philippi’s Historic Adaland Mansion

    Dr. Ann Serafin

    On April 28, Dr. Ann Serafin, executive director of Adaland Mansion in Philippi, will share the success story of the restoration of the 1870 Greek Revival mansion and National Register of Historic Places property and its evolution into an important public space in the hills of Barbour County. It was listed on the National Register in 1995 and opened to the public in 1999 offering a full season of activities now drawing more than 5,000 visitors each year.

    Little Lectures are presented on Sunday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. at our headquarters located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard, East, Charleston, in the parlor of MacFarland-Hubbard House. Seating is limited (thus “Little” Lectures) and reservations are suggested. Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments after the lecture. Call Mark Payne at 304.346.8500 or email for further information.

  • Traitors in Wheeling: Stories of Those Who Signed the Ordinance of Secession

    April 29, 2019 — Wheeling, Ohio

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is presenting a special lecture series this year to coincide with the Wheeling 250 observance.

    The roundtable’s series is exploring the theme of Wheeling During the Civil War. The programs are free and open to the public.

    Nine talks will be offered at 6:30 p.m. on specified Mondays in the auditorium of the Ohio County Public Library, 52 16th St.

    The roundtable’s regular meetings will be conducted after the lectures. The group will not meet in September or December.

    In addition to the lecture series, the Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable is organizing a special event on Memorial Day.

    The dates and topics for the lectures are as follows:

    • April 29 — “Traitors in Wheeling: Stories of Those Who Signed the Ordinance of Secession,” presented by Ken Fones-Wolfe.
    • June 24 — “The B&O Railroad and Its Role in the War,” presented by Joe Laker.
    • July 22 — “Wheeling Hospital and Wheeling Ambulance,” presented by Margaret Brennan.
    • Aug. 26 — “Carlin’s Battery and Capt. John Carlin,” presented by Ed Phillips.
    • Oct. 28 — “Wheeling’s Confederate Unit, the Shriver Grays,” presented by Gerry Reilly.
    • Nov. 25 — “Pro and Con Wheeling Newspapers During the War,” presented by Laker.

    The Ohio Valley Civil War Roundtable will hold a Memorial Day walk through Greenwood Cemetery, beginning at 9 a.m. May 27. Participants will mark the graves of veterans from both sides of the conflict.

    More information at

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