On October 2, 2012, freelance museum consultant and exhibit developer Stan Bumgardner will present “Postcards of Charleston” at the Tuesday evening lecture in the Archives and History Library in the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The presentation will use historic postcards to show how the look of Charleston has changed over the last 200 years. Bumgardner will focus largely on the downtown area, namely Capitol Street—historically, the heart of Charleston’s business section—and discuss various factors that have shaped the capital city’s skyline.
Stan Bumgardner has been a professional historian for more than 20 years. He has worked at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, for the West Virginia History Film Project, at West Virginia Archives and History, and as acting director of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History’s Museums section. Between 2005 and 2009, he served as creative director for the West Virginia State Museum renovation, overseeing the development of the content and audiovisual productions. In 2009, Bumgardner developed the South Charleston Museum Foundation’s new Belgian glassworkers exhibit, and he currently is collaborating with the museum on a project to document the memories and photographs of retired Kanawha Valley chemical industry workers. He also created a traveling exhibit for the documentary The Great Textbook War and later helped write an accompanying curriculum for the documentary and exhibit.
As a free-lance writer, Bumgardner is the author of The Children’s Home Society of West Virginia: Children-Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1996) and Charleston (2006). He also has written articles for American History, Goldenseal, and Wonderful West Virginia magazine. He currently is developing a driving guide for historic sites in southern West Virginia and directing a project to document West Virginia’s food heritage.
On October 2, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. 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. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
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