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Eighth History Day event to be held at State Capitol on Jan. 29, 2004

The eighth West Virginia History Day will be held on Thursday, Jan. 29, at the State Capitol Complex during the regular session of the West Virginia Legislature. Authorized by the legislature and the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, West Virginia History Day celebrates local groups’ efforts to preserve, protect and promote the study of the Mountain State’s past.

Historians, genealogists, educators, preservationists, veterans, fraternal organizations, librarians, ethnic groups, family associations and others with an interest in West Virginia’s history are invited to participate. Attractions in the halls of the Capitol will include historical exhibits, reenactments of events in the state’s history, music and storytelling. In addition, a ceremony will be held at the Cultural Center to honor “History Heroes”—citizens from across the state who have made grassroots contributions to the preservation of local, regional or state history.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History joins the Archives and History Commission, Friends of West Virginia Culture and History, West Virginia Historical Society, West Virginia Historical Association, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia Inc., West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Association of Museums and the Mining Your History Foundation as sponsors of this year’s events.

All West Virginia History Day events are free and open to the public. For information about History Day or to reserve display space or nominate a History Hero, contact Joy Stalnaker by phone at (304) 269-7091 or by e-mail at wvhistoryday@hackerscreek.com, or visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org/history/whatsnew.html.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV 25305
Phone (304) 558-0220, ext. 120
Fax (304) 558-2779
Email ginny.painter@wvculture.org