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West Virginia Day 2023 | West Virginia is a Fixed Fact: The Making of the 35th State
1:30pm | June 20, 2023 | Milano Room, WVU Downtown Library

This year we celebrate West Virginia's 160th birthday and explore the history of West Virginia statehood.

Speaker: Dr. Scott MacKenzie, author of The Fifth Border State: Slavery, Emancipation, and the Formation of West Virginia, 1829-1872. Dr. MacKenzie will discuss how support for slavery influenced the founding of the state. The program will also include a short ceremony to present Forest "Jack" Bowman with the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award.

Immediately following the program, the WVRHC will open our latest exhibit which revisits the making of West Virginia with materials from the Center's archival collections.

This is an in-person only event! It will not be recorded.

West Virginia Day 2022: "West Virginia's Poetic Heart"

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The West Virginia & Regional History Center at WVU Libraries will explore "West Virginia's Poetic Heart" for its 2022 West Virginia Day celebration. Join us for poetry readings and vibrant discussion with noted Appalachian poet Maggie Anderson and West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman. Immediately following the program, the WVRHC will open their latest exhibit that documents selected West Virginia poets with materials from the Center's book and archival collections.

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