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Volume 33, Number 1

Spring 2007 issue
On the cover: Coal miner Libby Lindsay at Bethlehem Steel’s Eagle’s Nest mine near Van, Boone County, in 1993. Photograph by Christine Koci. Our story about West Virginia’s coal mining women begins on page 10.

Published by the

Joe Manchin III, Governor

Kay Goodwin, Secretary
Department of Education and the Arts

Randall Reid-Smith, Commissioner
Division of Culture and History

John Lilly, Editor

Gordon Simmons
Editorial Assistant

Cornelia Crews Alexander
Circulation Manager

BlaineTurner Advertising, Inc.
Publication Design

Spring 2007

2 From the Editor

3 Letters from Readers

8 Current Programs*Events*Publications


10 Sisters in Coal
A History of Women in the West Virginia Mines
By Anna Sale
18 Springtime in Plaugher Hollow
By Lucille Kemper Davisson
26 “I Just Have the Memory”
Wilma Shriver and her Farm
By Carl E. Feather
32 Decoration Day
By Deborah McHenry Ross
34 The Old Brick Church at Lost Creek
By S. Thomas Bond
40 Teen Years in a River Town
New Martinsville in the 1950's
By Edwin Daryl Michael
46 Musical Wood
Violin Maker Harold Hayslett
By Paul Gartner
54 The Purple Fiddle
New Tradition in Thomas
By Carl E. Feather
62 West Virginia Back Roads
Hobart Ellifritt and his Bluebird Motels
By Carl E. Feather
64 2006 Liars Contest
67 Vandalia Time!
Photoessay by Michael Keller

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