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Cultural Center to open lecture series with talk on frontier forts in West Virginia

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will open its regular series of monthly cultural heritage lectures with Drs. W. Stephen McBride and Kim A. McBride, historical archaeologists, on Friday, Oct. 21, 2005 at 7 p.m. in the Norman L. Fagan West Virginia State Theater at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The talk, “Forts and the Defense of the West Virginia Frontier,” includes a slide presentation and is part of the Division’s celebration of Archaeology Month in West Virginia. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Originally from Greenbrier County, the McBrides have a special interest in 18th century frontier settlement in the Greenbrier and New River valleys. They have directed excavations on many sites and have written archaeological reports and articles for journals and edited volumes, including a recent publication of the Division’s entitled Frontier Forts of West Virginia: Historical and Archaeological Explorations, which they wrote with Greg Adamson. Copies of this publication will be available to the public free of charge.

Stephen does private consulting and serves as the director of interpretation and archaeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park in Jessamine County, Ky., and Kim is co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey, a partnership between the Kentucky Heritage Council and the University of Kentucky’s department of anthropology.

The McBrides have doctoral degrees in anthropology from Michigan State University and moved to Kentucky in 1987.

Following their presentation, the McBrides will host a question and answer session.

For more information about the program, contact Andrea Keller, survey archaeologist for the SHPO, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 726, or by e-mail at andrea.keller@wvculture.org. Information regarding statewide programs held during West Virginia Archaeology Month can be found at the Division’s website www.wvculture.org/shpo.

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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