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Events for June 2014

  • Exhibit: Preserving West Virginia: Saving Communities

    June 03, 2014 to June 29, 2014 — Fayetteville, Fayette WVHC Event

    The Preservation Alliance of West Virginia traveling exhibit “Preserving West Virginia: Saving Communities” will be at the Fayette County Courthouse June 3 to June 29. For more information contact Danielle LaPresta at diapresta@pawv.org or 204-345-6005.

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

  • Archives and History Tuesday Lecture: Wayne County Slavery & Civil War

    June 03, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Tuesday, June 3, 2014, Robert Thompson will present “Wayne County: Slavery and the Civil War” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    Slavery in western Virginia was not as widespread as it was in the Tidewater and Piedmont regions of Virginia; however, it was an economic and political factor in the most western county, Wayne. While the number—143 slaves in the 1860 U.S. Census—was not large, it was a similar amount to that of the surrounding counties of Pike and Lawrence in Kentucky and Cabell and Logan in Virginia. Thompson will share the story of the Pauley family children and their return to slavery in 1850, after they were kidnapped from Ohio and sold to William Ratcliff of Wayne County. Later, Ratcliff, as a delegate of Wayne County, was instrumental in the statehood movement that formed West Virginia.

    The second part of Thompson’s presentation will examine the life and career of Milton Jameson Ferguson, a local attorney with a flourishing practice, handling chancery and other property actions. When the Civil War erupted he became a colonel of the Confederate 16th Virginia Cavalry. This unit was formed primarily of men from Wayne County and the surrounding area. Slavery and the county political leaders produced a very complex and volatile situation as Virginia became engulfed in the Civil War and West Virginia was born.

    Robert Thompson has researched Wayne County and its history nearly all his life. He is a product of Wayne High School and a 2010 graduate of Marshall University, the alma mater of Milton J. Ferguson. A lifelong Wayne Countian, he currently teaches social science at Wayne High School and is on the Wayne Town Council. He has authored 10 books on the history of Wayne County including Few Among the Mountains: Slavery in Wayne County; Fear No Man: The Life of Colonel Milton Jameson Ferguson; and his latest book, Badges & Bullets: Wayne County, WV Sheriffs 1842-1942.

    On June 3, the library will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For additional information, call (304) 558-0230.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    June 05, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    June 5: Kala Dehart and Rivertown

  • Live on the Levee: Mother's Nature with Lola Spencer

    June 06, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Mother’s Nature with Lola Spencer, June 6

  • Mountain Music Festival

    June 06, 2014 to June 07, 2014 — Oak Hill, Fayette

    Get ready for ACE Adventure Resort’s first Mountain Music Festival! An eclectic mix of bands from various musical genres and festival circuit favorites round out a line-up that is sure to please. Jam bands, funk bands, alternative Bluegrass, Americana and well, there are some that don’t fit any genre. We’ll just say they freaking rock.

    Our music festival venue is located smack dab on top of a mountain and in the heart of the New River Gorge in West Virginia. You’ll be dancing under the stars at one of the most unique festival grounds ever created.

    June 6-7. More information

  • Monroe County Historical Society Museum opening

    June 07, 2014 — Union, Monroe WVHC Event

    On Saturday, June 7 the Monroe County Historical Society Museum will open for the season. The opening takes place on Farmer’s Day, an event that dates back to 1955. This year the museum has updated current exhibits and created some new ones. For more information contact Toni Ogden at togdenweaver@gmail.com.

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

  • Fred. E. Brooks Memorial Arboretum Tour

    June 07, 2014 — Watoga, Pocahontas

    It’s National Trails Day. Join us at the Arboretum to begin hiking this 4-1/2 mile loop around the Arboretum. Meet at the Arboretum parking lot. Hike begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes around 2:00 p.m. It’s a guided discovery on the left side trail of Honey Bee and back down Dragon Draft. Hike leaders are Kelly Smith, Assistant Superintendent and former naturalist at Cacapon Resort State Park and naturalist, Cheryle Boggs. No charge. Join in the outdoor fun!

    Contact: 304-799-4087

  • Mark Twain, History Alive!

    June 10, 2014 — Bartow, Pocahontas WVHC Event

    Mark Twain, History Alive!, 2:00PM June 10 at Camp Pocahontas in Bartow.

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

  • 20101007claycenter_0008_adjusted_sq "Faith & the Devil" lecture series

    June 12, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    At 6PM, June 12, “The Faith & the Devil” lecture series continues at the Clay Center with novelist Denise Giardina and Poet James Harms will discuss “The Written Word in Art, Writers Respond.” This is the second lecture in a series about the “Faith & the Devil” exhibition which emphasizes the link between literature and visual art. For more information please contact Arif Khan at 304-561-3524 or akhan@theclaycenter.org.

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

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    June 12, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    June 12: Downtown King

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: WV Scenic Trails Association

    June 12, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, June 12, 2014, Archives and History Library will host “Volunteers for Forty Years: A History of the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association.” The program, which will be held in the library in the Culture Center in Charleston, will begin at 5:00 p.m., an hour earlier than the typical start time, and is free and open to the public.

    In the early 1970s, a group of individuals came together and formed the West Virginia Scenic Trails Association (WVSTA) to develop hiking trails in West Virginia. The first project of the volunteer group was the Allegheny Trail, originally envisioned as a 200-mile trail running from Peters Mountain in Monroe County to Blackwater Falls State Park but now approaching 330 miles in length extending to the Mason-Dixon line.

    The presentation celebrates the volunteer spirit of the makers of the Allegheny Trail and the Mary Ingles Trail from the association’s incorporation in 1974 to the present day. The surviving original incorporators as well as more recent volunteers and cooperating agency representatives will tell stories that highlight this unique recreational trail development effort in the Mountain State.

    Among the speakers expected to participate are WVSTA founders Nicolas Lozano, Bruce Bond, Arthur Foley, and Robert Tabor; volunteers Dianne Anestis, Cindy and Anthony Majestro, and Doug Wood, WVSTA secretary; Robert Weiford, Mary Ingles Trail Blazers private landowner; Charles Dundas, president of Tri-State Company trail builders; and several individuals from government agencies: William Robinson with the WV Department of Transportation State Trails Program, Blackwater Falls State Park Superintendent Robert Gilligan, Barbara Breshock with the WV Division of Forestry, Matthew Edwards with Monongahela National Forest, and Robert Mathis, who is retired from the state parks system.

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

  • Live on the Levee: Midnight Special with Cat Daddys

    June 13, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Midnight Special with Cat Daddys, June 13

  • 2014 West Virginia Writers Conference

    June 13, 2014 to June 15, 2014 — Ripley, Jackson

    The WV Writers Summer conference will be held June 13, 14 and 15, at Cedar Lakes Conference Center in Ripley, WV.

    Registration for the 2014 WV Writers Summer Conference is now open! More information

  • Fiesta002_w_sq Lecture: Homer Laughlin China

    June 14, 2014 — Arthurdale, Preston WVHC Event

    On June 14, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. David Conley, the former director of marketing and sales for Homer Laughlin China, will lecture about the Homer Laughlin China Company—the maker of Fiestaware—at the Arthurdale Heritage New Deal Museum. For more information visit www.arthurdale.org.

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

  • Hubbard_mcfarland_house_sq East End Garden Showcase

    June 14, 2014 to June 29, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    East End Garden Showcase is a self-guided tour of gardens in the East End of Charleston. The West Virginia Humanities Council’s MacFarland-Hubbard House will participate. June 14-29.

  • Harriet Tubman, a History Alive! presentation

    June 14, 2014 — Brandonville, Preston WVHC Event

    Harriet Tubman, History Alive!, 1:00PM June 14 at Hyde House in Brandonville.

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

  • Ostenaco001p_sq Ostenaco, History Alive!

    June 14, 2014 — Bruceton Mills, Preston WVHC Event

    Ostenaco, History Alive!, 7:00PM June 14 at Coopers Rock State Forest.

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

  • Strother_david_up_sq Porte Crayon, History Alive!

    June 17, 2014 — Beckley, Raleigh WVHC Event

    Porte Crayon, History Alive!, 3:00PM June 17 at Raleigh County Public Library in Beckley.

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

  • West Virginia CCC Museum Association meeting

    June 18, 2014 — Clarksburg, Harrison

    The West Virginia Civilian Conservation Corps Museum Association June meeting is Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at Ryan’s Family Steakhouse meeting room, Emily Drive, Clarksburg, West Virginia.11:30 a.m. Public is invited.

    More information: 304-842-3436

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    June 19, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    June 19: One Foot

  • Live on the Levee: USFLOYD with Farnsworth

    June 20, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    USFLOYD with Farnsworth, June 20

  • Hubbard_mcfarland_house_sq West Virginia Day Open House

    June 20, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Three historic Charleston properties are working together to coordinate open houses in honor of West Virginia’s birthday on June 20. The participating properties are the Glenwood Estate (built in 1852) located at 800 Orchard Street on Charleston’s West Side, the West Virginia Humanities Council’s MacFarland-Hubbard House (1836) located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard East, and the Craik-Patton House (1834) located at 2809 Kanawha Boulevard East. All of the houses are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    Glenwood will offer house tours from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon including demonstrations by the Lucy Quarrier Weavers. The MacFarland-Hubbard House will welcome guests from 12 noon to 2:00 p.m. The Craik-Patton House will be open from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. with a tea and a Humanities Council History Alive! presentation of Robert E. Lee by Al Stone at 3:00 p.m. All activities are free and open to the public with light refreshments provided at each location.

    For more information contact the Craik-Patton House at 304-925-5341 or the West Virginia Humanities Council at 304-346-8500.

    The West Virginia Humanities Council will celebrate West Virginia’s birthday by having an Open House between noon and 2:00PM on June 20. Visit the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House, headquarters to the Humanities Council.

  • 04402a_robert_e_leep_sq Robert E. Lee, History Alive!

    June 20, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    Robert E. Lee, History Alive!, 3:00PM June 20 at the Craik-Patton House in Charleston.

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

  • 15th Anniversary Hatfield McCoy reunion festival

    June 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014 — Matewan, Mingo

    The Hatfield & McCoy Reunion Festival was initiated in the year 2000 by descendants from the infamous families. Both sides gathered together in Matewan, WV to officially “bury the hatchet.” A formal peace treaty was signed and from that date on, various kinfolk have traveled near and far.

    June 20-22, enjoy concerts, parades, living history re-enactments, vendors, old-fashioned games and much more. Visit www.hatfield-mccoyreunionfestival.com/ for more information.

  • West Virginia Day at Blennerhassett Island

    June 20, 2014 to June 22, 2014 — Parkersburg, Wood

    June 20-22, Blennerhassett island State Park will host a variety of events to celebrate West Virginia’s birthday. Activities include a Civil War encampment and battle, rides on the Island Belle sternwheeler, barn dance and dinner, and 1860’s baseball exhibition. More information

  • Circuit_rider_illustration_eggleston_sq Methodists and West Virginia Statehood: Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau

    June 21, 2014 — Kingwood, Preston WVHC Event

    Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau lecturer Matthew Foulds will talk on Methodists and West Virginia Statehood at 1:00PM, June 21 at the McGrew House in Kingwood.

    Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • A History of Charleston as Lived by Four Families: Little Lecture

    June 22, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha WVHC Event

    The 2pm lecture is full, but a second lecture has been scheduled for 4pm. Space is still open to attend!

    A talk by Charleston business leader and state senator Brooks McCabe at 2:00 p.m. on June 22 concludes the West Virginia Humanities Council’s 2014 Little Lecture Series. In “A History of Charleston as Lived by Four Families” McCabe will explore the central roles of the Dickenson, Hale, James, and Smith families in the development of the capital city through the 1800s and 1900s.

    According to McCabe, much of what defines the city of Charleston as we now know it can be traced back to the multi-generational efforts of these four families. In 1785, Colonel John Dickenson received a land grant for 502 acres at the mouth of Campbell’s Creek and his family’s legacy began. One hundred years after Mary Ingles first saw the Kanawha Valley in 1755, her grandson, Dr. John P. Hale, would become a leading businessman of the era. In 1822, Benjamin Harrison Smith arrived in Charleston to practice law, married Isaac Noyes’ daughter and became a dominant player in the development of the region. In 1865, Reverend Frances James arrived as the first black ordained minister in West Virginia. His son C. H. James would become a businessman of substance, befriend educator Booker T. Washington, and advance the cause of African Americans in the region.

    Robinson & McElwee PLLC is sponsoring the 2014 Little Lecture Series. Founded in Charleston in 1983, the law firm serves clients throughout West Virginia and Ohio.

    Admission is $10 and includes refreshments after the program. Little Lectures are presented in the MacFarland-Hubbard House located at 1310 Kanawha Boulevard, East in Charleston. People interested in attending should call the Humanities Council at 304-346-8500 before 12:00 noon on June 20 to confirm seating.

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

  • Downtown Charleston ArtWalk

    June 26, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Brought to you by the galleries and art-related businesses of downtown Charleston, West Virginia the ArtWalk is the showcase of the city’s thriving art scene. The ArtWalk happens ten months of the year (March through December) and typically on the third Thursday of the month (except in November on the Friday after Thanksgiving). All ArtWalks are from 5 pm to 8 pm.

    The 2014 ArtWalk season will be bringing you new venues, exciting special events and the best of local, regional and nationally recognized artists. Vibrant, exciting, and fun are all words used to describe Charleston’s finest art event. Most of the ArtWalk venues are open throughout the week for regular business hours so, even if you can’t make it ArtWalk evening, we hope you take the time to stop and see the amazing art available in our community.

    The Downtown Charleston ArtWalk is brought to you by the participating venues with coordination assistance from The Charleston Area Alliance. More information.

  • 2014 Pullman Square Summer Concert Series

    June 26, 2014 — Huntington, Cabell

    The Heiner’s Bakery Dutch Miller Pullman Square Summer Concert Series, presented by 93.7 the Dawg, returns to Pullman Square in downtown Huntington at 7pm Thursdays from May 29 through August 28. Full schedule.

    June 26: City Heat

  • Archives and History Thursday Lecture: African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective

    June 26, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    On Thursday, June 26, 2014, Thomas Tyree will present “African American Life in Charleston: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

    A native of Charleston, Thomas Tyree will talk about his early years living and growing up in the capital city and the impact that it had on his life. Included will be a discussion of those individuals who had the greatest impact on his life and what propelled him to a successful career.

    Tyree is the founder and president of North Carolina-based TWT Distributing, Inc., a full service distributor of ethnic health and beauty products serving grocery, drug, and discount retailers and mass merchandising chains. He has spent more than forty years in the ethnic health, beauty, and cosmetics industry and works with some of the largest retailers in the United States.

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

  • Free Luncheon Food Drive for Kids

    June 26, 2014 — Clarksburg, Harrison

    Progressive Women’s Association Uptown Event Center, 305 Washington Ave., Clarksburg. 624-6881

    Food Donation for School Children Thursday, June 26, starting at noon. Free lunch with donation of food items: cookies, snack cakes, fruit drinks, fruits, crackers, pre-packaged food items, energy bars, granola, cereals.

    Anything you think a young growing school child would like to eat during the summer.

    All donated food will be given to the Clarksburg Mission for distribution.

  • Live on the Levee: Colton Pack with Autumn Blair

    June 27, 2014 — Charleston, Kanawha

    Charleston’s Live on the Levee returns to Haddad Riverfront Park Memorial Day weekend and kicks off a new summer season of live music. The Friday night concerts begin at 6:30pm.

    Colton Pack with Autumn Blair, June 27

  • Little Levels Heritage Fair

    June 27, 2014 to June 29, 2014 — Hillsboro, Pocahontas

    Remember when you went to small country festivals as a kid? Well, step back as we celebrate all that’s wonderful about the Little Levels area. Lots of music, a great parade, food everywhere, locally made crafts, and fun galore. Enjoy a three-day event with old time music, great kids games, and a grand parade. Events also include a barbecue pig roast, arts and crafts, live bluegrass music, a gospel sing and candlelight vespers. For further information, call 800-336-7009.

    http://www.pocahontascountywv.com/events/467/2014/june/little-levels-heritage-fair

  • Mothers of Martyrs: Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau

    June 28, 2014 — Huntersville, Pocahontas WVHC Event

    Katharine Antolini of the Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau will talk on Mothers of Martyrs: Women and Civil War Commemoration, 7:00PM June 28 at the Old Presbyterian Church in Huntersville.

    Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

  • Limerock History Day

    June 29, 2014 — Hendricks, Tucker WVHC Event

    On June 29, the Friends of Blackwater will celebrate Limerock history day, from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Hendricks City Park. Limerock was a small railroad town established around 1888 between Thomas and Hendricks. Activities include a photo display, tours of cultural artifacts in the town of Limerock, and presentations by Denver Barnett, President of the West Virginia Railroad Museum Association, and Ron Eckard, a former Limerock resident. For more information please contact Judy Rodd at info@saveblackwater.org, or 304-345-7663.

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

  • 20140129hometown_094p_sq Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America

    June 29, 2014 to August 09, 2014 — Elkins, Randolph WVHC Event

    “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America” at the Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins, June 29 through August 9.

    The West Virginia Humanities Council is sponsoring a state tour of the new Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” “Hometown Teams” interweaves images and text with almost 70 artifacts, video, audio and other interactive elements that present perspectives on sports in popular culture, as well as local sports traditions. It offers information about mascots, marching bands, cheerleaders, game day traditions, tailgating, player/coach relationships, sports equipment, stadiums, rivalries, and athletes who broke racial, gender or physical barriers in sports. The growth of alternative and extreme sports also is explored.

    The Humanities Council is providing funding and technical assistance to each host site for the development of companion displays and supplemental programs that celebrate their local sports heritage.

    Hometown Teams is made possible through the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

    More information at http://www.randolpharts.org

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

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