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Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland
May 7, 2013

On May 7, 2013, television producer Russ Barbour will present “Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Barbour will tell the journey of piecing together the story of William C. Marland, West Virginia governor 1953-1957, who is the feature of the West Virginia Public Broadcasting documentary Reconstructing Bill. Together with Archivist Richard Fauss of the West Virginia State Archives, Barbour will discuss discoveries made along the way and share excerpts from rarely seen archival film unearthed during the production of the documentary, which was 20 years in the making. Barbour and Fauss will also field questions from the audience.

Named Filmmaker of the Year at the 2009 West Virginia Filmmakers Festival, Russ Barbour is a graduate of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College and Marshall University, where he studied television production, broadcast journalism, religion, and history. He has worked for West Virginia Public Broadcasting for more than 30 years, where he has served as videographer, editor, researcher, writer, director and producer on numerous instructional programs, historical documentaries, and news and public affairs presentations. Barbour has frequently collaborated with audiovisual archivist Richard Fauss and other West Virginia Archives and History staff. He lives with his wife and two children in Huntington.

Barbour’s credits include West Virginians in War (with the West Virginia State Archives’ Richard Fauss, 1994), Breece D’J Pancake: An Appalachian Voice (Best Biographical Documentary, 2003 West Virginia Filmmakers Festival), Ken Hechler: In Pursuit of Justice (WV Film’s 2008 Film of the Year), West Virginians Remember World War II (Nostalgia Program, 2008 Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Award), Reconstructing Bill: The Story of Governor William C. Marland (Best Documentary Feature, 2009 West Virginia Filmmakers Festival), Upheaval: The Story of the New River Gorge (2010), and The Winding Gulf: Stories from West Virginia’s Coalfields (2012).

On May 7, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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