September 22, 2010
The West Virginia Archives and History Library of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its series of after hours lectures on Tuesday, Oct. 5, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. The session, entitled “Yiayia’s Bundle: A Greek Experience in West Virginia,” will be conducted by Pamela Makricosta, vice president of the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center. The program will take place in the library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. All sessions are free and the public is invited to attend. The library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for lecture guests and participants only.
The lecture will focus on Makricosta’s grandmother and her experiences upon coming to the United States in 1915. Yiayia is Greek for grandmother. When Makricosta’s grandmother, Panagiota Diamantidis Koukoulis, came to this country, she brought with her a bundle of her handwork including embroidery, photographs and other items. Makricosta will have many of these items with her to share with participants.
A native of Weirton, Makricosta is the literacy and lifelong learning coordinator at the Mary H. Weir Library in Weirton. She also is the author of “A Bundle of Treasures: Greeks in West Virginia,” which was published in the Fall 1997 issue of Goldenseal magazine.
Advance registration for the workshop is not required, but is encouraged to help plan seating arrangements and ensure plenty of supplies and handouts are available.
To register in advance, contact Robert Taylor, library manager, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at Bobby.L.Taylor@wv.gov. Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information about the workshop, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.
The next session, will have Terry Lowry, noted military author and historian for archives and history, discussing techniques to use when researching military history on Tuesday, Nov. 9.
The Archives and History Library is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday. The library is closed on Sunday.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.