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Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau

The year 2011 marked the beginning of the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. West Virginia, the only state born of the Civil War, also celebrated her 150th birthday in 2013. To help citizens gain a deeper understanding of how and why the state was created our speakers bureau focuses on statehood related topics in observance of the state sesquicentennial.

The Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau makes respected Civil War and statehood scholars available at no cost to non-profit groups around the state. Sesquicentennial Schedule.

Michael Woods will present "West Virginians and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln" on June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Old Huntersville School in Huntersville. The program is presented by Huntersville Historical Traditions.

Call 304-799-6468 for information.

Humanities Council Elects New Board Members

Elliot Hicks, Billy Joe Peyton, and Timothy Sweet were recently elected to the West Virginia Humanities Council board of directors. Each was elected to serve a three-year term during the Council's April 10 board meeting in Morgantown.

The Council's board is composed of 25 citizens from across the state. For additional information, click here.



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Humanities Council Receives State Folklorist Funds from NEA

The West Virginia Humanities Council has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to fund a state folklorist position. The federal funds were awarded through the NEA’s State Partnership Grant Program, which the agency says “extends its reach to every community in America."

The state folklorist will conduct a field survey reviewing and documenting current folk and cultural activities, expand opportunities for folk artists through consultations and assistance to folk projects, and develop a comprehensive plan for revitalizing an ongoing state program,” the NEA wrote. Click here for additional information on this grant.

The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud Exhibit Available
Photograph of Hatfields and McCoys American Blood Feud traveling exhibit.
The Hatfields and McCoys—the names conjure images of violence, revenge, family loyalty, and star-crossed romance. More than 100 years later, their story still resonates.

Developed by the West Virginia Humanities Council and designed by West Virginia University graphic design students with financial support from ZMM Architects and Engineers, this traveling exhibit relates the history of the events that have become synonymous with the word feud.

Organizations interested in borrowing the Hatfields & McCoys exhibit should contact program officer Mark Payne or call him at 304-346-8500. For additional information.

Grant Deadlines

• Major Grants: Feb. 1 and Sept. 1
• Mini Grants: Feb. 1, April 1, June 1, and Oct. 1
• Fellowships: Feb. 1
• Media Grants: Sept. 1
• Publication Grants: Sept. 1
• Teacher Institutes: Sept. 1
• Travel Assistance Grants: 60 days prior to travel

Purchase DVD and Encyclopedia

Cover of 6 and one-half hour  DVD series, West Virginia, A Film History. West Virginia, the classic film history that first premiered on the West Virginia public broadcasting television network and on public television networks throughout the country, is now available as a 2-DVD set. West Virginia is a rich and compelling narrative telling the unforgettable story of America's Mountain State from prehistory to the recent past. Click to order, or for additional information.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia, publisCover of West Virginia Encyclopedia.hed by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is now in its second printing. Working under the slogan, "All there is to know about West Virgina," the editors packed 2,200 articles into the pages of this big book. These articles are the work of nearly 600 writers, experts in fields ranging from archeology, biography, history and literature, through folklore, culture, and the arts and sciences. Click to order, or for additional information.