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Annual Meeting Held in Mineral County, September 14 & 15

The Mineral County Historical Society hosted the annual meeting of the West Virginia Historical Society on September 14 and 15 in Keyser and Burlington, WV. The meeting began with a delightful evening of music and historical programs at the Keyser Presbyterian Church Heritage House. Hosts Pat and Charles Bonar, along with Jack Sanders, welcomed all attendees to the area.

On Saturday, the meeting continued at the Burlington Union Church in the Burlington Historic District. New member Tim McKinney, who is rapidly becoming noted as a Civil War historian in West Virginia, presented a program on his upcoming Civil War Almanac a collection of thousands of details and names of participants from that conflict. Following that excellent program, Pat Bonar assumed the identity of an early Burlington resident and presented a Chautauqua presentation on the area which included slides of the region, early fruit industry and railroad transportation. Her outstanding production was followed by a tour of the Burlington Historic District and then lunch at the Glenview Inn. The remainder of the meeting consisted of a driving tour of the Headsville Methodist Church, Eusebia Presbyterian Church and Kuykendall Bicentennial Farm, Fort Ashby and Stewart s Tavern.

During the Society s business meeting, the following officers were elected: Rebecca Gill, President; Tim McKinney, first Vice President; Fred Armstrong, Secretary; and Bill McNeel, Treasurer. District Vice Presidents are Margaret Brennan, Madge McDaniel, Gene Harper, Rodney Pyles, Larry Legge, Glenn Belcher, Kenneth Bailey, Paul Marshall, William Wintz and Immediate Past President, Tim Armstead. Kenneth Bailey will continue to edit the Quarterly. An invitation for next year s meeting from the Hacker s Creek Pioneer Descendants and the Upshur County Historical Society was accepted.

Coming in January

The January issue of the Quarterly will feature an article on folk medicine in West Virginia by Peggy Fisher. Ms. Fisher, who is a home health care nurse, will provide a historical and contemporary view of health care as practiced by frontier and present-day West Virginians. The January issue will also contain the conclusion of Frederick Nolan's article on Seymour Douglass.

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