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 West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman


March 6 - A  Place Called Solid: West Virginia Re-Imagined in the Novel  


Glenn_TaylorGlenn Taylor is among West Virginia’s most prominent contemporary authors. His book The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. Taylor’s writing is rooted in West Virginia with Trenchmouth Taggart, The Marrowbone Marble Company, and A Hanging at Cinder Bottom all set in the Mountain State. He will discuss the potential of the novel in helping re-tool the public consciousness toward a more complex understanding of our state and its people.


April 10 - Reporting the Blankenship Trial


Ken WardKen Ward Jr. is an award-winning reporter for the Charleston Gazette-Mail. He is a three-time recipient of the Scripps Howard Foundation’s Edward J. Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting and in 2000 he received the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. An experienced reporter of coal mining issues, Ward has covered the landmark trial of coal executive Don Blankenship.


May 15 - The Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Kentucky     


Jill Malusky

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a National Historic Landmark located in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Jill Malusky shares the story of how Shaker missionaries established the successful communal society on the western frontier with amazing craftsmanship, architecture, and radically different social ideals. Since the passing of the last Sister in 1923, preservation efforts have created one of the largest historic sites of its kind in the country.


June 12 - Folklore and Folklorists - CANCELED


Judy ByersJudy Byers is a folklorist, storyteller, educator, and the Founding Director of the Frank and Jane Gabor West Virginia Folklife Center at Fairmont State University. She will discuss the rich traditions of state folklore, the work of important folklorists such as Patrick Gainer and Ruth Ann Musick, as well as ongoing research on the folkways of the Mountain State.



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



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