The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

November 26, 2012

West Virginia Archives and History to present showcase of collections


CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Archives and History section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present the fourth annual showcase of its unique collections from 7 to 9 p.m., on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event and a reception are free and the public is invited to attend. The library will close at 5 p.m., and reopen for the showcase only.

This year’s theme is “Duty and Honor: Archival Materials from West Virginia’s History of Military Service.” Visitors will have the exceptional opportunity to see military documents, diaries, posters, National Guard materials and items from the USS West Virginia.

There also will be old photographs, distinctive books, manuscripts and newspapers, Civil War letters, architectural drawings, maps and audio and video clips. Visitors have the chance to take “behind-the-scene” tours of Archives’ resources.

“Each year, the archives and history staff look forward to this showcase because it allows us to pull materials of interest from our collections to share with our patrons and supporters,” said Joe Geiger, director of archives and history.

“This year’s focus is West Virginia’s military history, a fitting topic as we prepare to celebrate the sesquicentennial of West Virginia’s creation, a direct result of the Civil War.”

Refreshments will be served in the Great Hall.

For more information, contact Robert Taylor, library manager for archives and history, at 304-558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov.