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Archives and History Library to offer genealogy and history workshops this summer

7/13/2006

The West Virginia Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is offering a summer series of genealogy- and history-related workshops on selected Tuesday and Thursday evenings in July, August and September of 2006. The sessions will take place in the library at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, from 6-7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

The workshops will focus on specialized resources available in the Archives and History Library and how to use them. Participants are encouraged to ask questions and will be offered hands-on examples or instruction with the materials and research issues involved.

The first workshop will be held on Tuesday, July 18, and Susan Scouras, archives and history librarian, will focus on newspapers in genealogical and historical research. On Thursday, July 20, Greg Carroll, staff historian, will lead a workshop on Native American history in West Virginia.

Additional workshops will be held on Tuesday, July 25, with Joe Geiger, assistant director of archives, who will discuss exploring the archives and history website; Thursday, July 27, a repeat of the Scouras workshop on newspaper research; and Tuesday,

Aug. 22, with Constance Baston, researcher, West Virginia Veterans Memorial Archives, who will focus on World War I and West Virginians on the front and home front.

The summer workshops will wrap up on Thursday, Sept. 14, and Tuesday, Sept. 26. Debra Basham, staff archivist, will discuss the proper care of photographs and documents on both evenings.

Genealogical and historical societies are invited to hold their regular meeting or to plan a field trip in conjunction with any workshop. For more information about a group visit, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov. For additional information about the workshops, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

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 Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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