West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman
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Little Lectures

Intimate Sunday afternoon talks

The Little Lectures are informal programs featuring speakers on a variety of topics.


Programs 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. The series is one of the many ways the Humanities Council shares our historic property with the community. Seating is limited (thus “Little” Lectures) and reservations are suggested. Admission is $10 per person and includes refreshments after the lecture. When the weather is nice refreshments are enjoyed outdoors under our pergola.


The Little Lectures begin in March and are presented once each month through June. Previous Little Lecturers include historian John Alexander Williams, biographer Jean Edward Smith, Monticello horticulturalist Peter Hatch, novelist Denise Giardina, playwright Billy Edd Wheeler, and former West Virginia Poet Laureate Irene McKinney.


The 2015 Little Lecture Series kicked off on March 22 when Professor Michael Woods of Marshall University presented “West Virginians and the Assassination of Abraham Lincoln.” Poet Laureate Marc Harshman lectured on April 26, followed by a May 31 program with Morgantown researcher Susan Shumaker who works with filmmaker Ken Burns. Archeologist Stephen McBride wrapped up the 2015 series on June 28 with his lecture on frontier forts in West Virginia.


Call Mark Payne at 304.346.8500 or email payne@wvhumanities.org for further information.


Robinson & McElwee logoThe 2015 Little Lecture Series is sponsored by Robinson & McElwee PLLC. Founded in Charleston in 1983, the law firm also serves clients from offices in Clarksburg and Wheeling.





All public spaces at the MacFarland-Hubbard House are accessible. When making your reservations, please advise us of any accessibility accommodations that you may need. Contact program officer Mark Payne in advance at 304.346.8500.



Listen to recordings of some previous lectures and speakers