West Virginia Humanities Council offers plenty of West Virginia Day activities

By RealWV Staff,

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Humanities Council is celebrating 50 years of “bridging tradition and tomorrow” in 2024, complete with a full slate of West Virginia Day activities. 

On Thursday, June 20, The Humanities Council will be hosting an open house at Charleston’s MacFarland-Hubbard House. The event will feature a “History Alive” of Dunmore’s War veteran Thomas Ingles, historic house tours, and a musical performance by Kim Johnson and Bobby Taylor. The open house will be held from 2 – 4 p.m. The MacFarland-Hubbard House is located at 1310 Kanawha Blvd, E.

On Friday, June 21, author Jasper Waugh-Quasebarth and State Folklorist Jennie Williams will be at Taylor Books on Capitol Street to discuss Waugh-Quasebarth’s new book, “Finding the Singing Spruce.” 

From the book’s description: “Following three craftspeople in the mountain forests of Appalachia through their processes of making instruments, ‘Finding the Singing Spruce’ considers the meaning of work, place, and creative expression in drawing music from wood.”

The discussion will be held from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m.

On Sunday, June 23, the West Virginia Humanities Council’s “Little Lecture” series returns to the MacFarland-Hubbard House with “The Doctrine of Discovery.” 

Eastern Shawnee legal expert, author, and tribal judge Robert Miller will discuss the English law utilized in the colonization of the New World. The lecture begins at 2 p.m. 

The West Virginia Humanities Council’s flagship traveling exhibit, “Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood and the Civil War,” is on display in the Lower Rotunda of the West Virginia State Capitol, not through July 14. The exhibit explores the political complexities and wartime realities facing Mountaineers on the difficult path to statehood, and beyond. 

To learn more, visit wvhumanities.org.

About the West Virginia Humanities Council:

Since 1974, we’ve been committed to telling the stories that make us, as West Virginians, who we are. On top of that, we’ve worked to make the humanities accessible to as many people as possible, funding an expansive range of programs and projects, from exhibits and documentaries to books, workshops, and even archaeology digs. Much has changed since our early years, but our motivating principle—our belief in the critical importance of the humanities—has not.


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