In celebration of Archaeology Month, on Thursday, October 25, 2012, Kim and Stephen McBride will give a presentation on frontier forts. The program, which will be held in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center in Charleston, will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The McBrides will give an overview of "frontier" forts and their role within the defensive system of the French & Indian War, Lord Dunmore's War, and the Revolutionary War. They will share results of archaeological excavations and their understanding of the variations in the layout of forts, with more detailed examples from the Greenbrier Valley.
Drs. Kim and Stephen McBride are from Greenbrier County. They both earned bachelorís degrees from Beloit College and masterís and doctoral degrees from Michigan State University. They have directed excavations on historic sites in the southeastern United States over the past 30 years. Kim McBride is co-director of the Kentucky Archaeological Survey at the University of Kentucky, and Stephen McBride is Director of Interpretation and Archaeology at Camp Nelson Civil War Heritage Park. He also conducts research and consulting through McBride Preservation Services. They live in Lexington, Kentucky, but spend as much time as possible conducting frontier fort research and visiting friends and family in the Greenbrier Valley.
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.
West Virginia Archives and History Workshops/Lectures