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Archives and History Library to offer genealogy and history workshops

9/13/2006

The West Virginia Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its series of genealogy- and history-related workshops on selected Tuesday and Thursday evenings in September and October. 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 Thursday, Sept. 14, and Debra Basham, staff archivist, will discuss the proper care of photographs and documents. On Tuesday, Sept. 19, Terry Lowry, a published Civil War historian and Archives and History’s 20th-century military records specialist, will present “Researching Your World War II Soldier: Finding Your Father’s War.” This workshop will focus on the military records available in the library and Lowry will discuss his experience researching his father’s wartime service.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, Basham will repeat her workshop on the proper care of photographs and documents. The final session will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Staff historian Greg Carroll and Lowry will use the State Archives collections to document guerilla warfare in West Virginia during the Civil War.

Advance registration for the workshops is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and handounts for the sessions. 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 or to register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at bobby.l.taylor@wv.gov. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session they will attend. 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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Ginny Painter
Deputy Commissioner/Communications Manager
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