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The "Other" West Virginia: Positive Images of the State from the 30s and 40s
January 7, 2014

On January 7, 2014, Betty Rivard will present “The ‘Other’ West Virginia: Positive Images of the State from the 30s and 40s” 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.

Rivard will present a sample of the photographs from her book New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 (2012). The mission of the book is to show the predominately positive images that were produced by ten professional photographers who visited the state as part of the Farm Security Administration Project. Rivard, editor of the book, will talk about how and why the photographs were made. She also will discuss the importance of these images and other initiatives that focus on the “other” West Virginia, as fine art and as a way to help improve the state’s image, both inside and beyond our borders.

Betty Rivard has a bachelor of arts in political science and a fifth year in education from the University of California at Berkeley and both a master of arts in education and a masters in social work from West Virginia University. In 1999 she retired from a 25-year career as a social worker and planner for DHHR. Since then her award-winning fine art landscape photographs have been widely exhibited. In 2004 she was given the WV Fellowship in Photography by the WV Division of Culture and History and the WV Commission on the Arts. Her photographs of historic school buildings were featured in the 2005 WV Historic Preservation Calendar, and her work has been published in Goldenseal and Wonderful West Virginia magazines. She has worked as per diem staff for the WV State Legislature and is in her seventh year of producing the art fairs for FestivALL Charleston. She currently is doing research for a new book of wartime photographs of the Bethlehem-Fairfields Shipyard in Baltimore; the draft title is When We All Worked Together.

On January 7, 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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