On November 8, 2012, Patricia Richards McClure will present “The 1942 WVU NIT-Championship Basketball Team: A Tale for Veterans Day” at the Thursday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
While researching material for biographies of veterans whose names are inscribed on the West Virginia Veterans Memorial, Pat McClure discovered a number of relationships and coincidences among a small group of World War II veterans—all with connections to the 1942 WVU basketball team. Not just a good sports story, this presentation will focus on the unprecedented commitment of all the members of that team—including the coach and managers—to leave the basketball arena and enter the global conflict.
Patricia Richards McClure is a former associate professor of English at West Virginia State University. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Baldwin Wallace University and a master’s from Ohio University. As a volunteer at West Virginia Archives and History, she researches and writes profiles of West Virginia veterans, specializing in World War II. She is the author of an article in the Fall 2012 issue of the West Virginia Historical Society publication.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the program, 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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