Nov. 23, 2011
The West Virginia Archives and History section of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present the third annual showcase of its unique collections from 7 - 9 p.m., on Monday, Dec. 5, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The event and a reception are free and the public is invited to attend. The library will close at 5 p.m., and reopen for the showcase only.
This year’s theme is “A Capitol Affair,” chosen because 2012 marks the 80th anniversary of the building’s dedication. Visitors will have the exceptional opportunity to see drawings and sketches of the Capitol, correspondence with Cass Gilbert, the building’s architect, and photographs of its construction.
There also will be old photographs; distinctive books, manuscripts and newspapers; Civil War documents and West Virginia Civil War medals; genealogy tools; musical selections; slide shows; and clips from the audio and video archives. Visitors have the chance to take “behind-the-scene” tours of Archives resources.
“This annual event gives us an opportunity to share our favorite materials from the collections of the State Archives with their true owners, the people of West Virginia,” said Joe Geiger, director of archives and history.
Refreshments will be served in the Great Hall.
For more information, contact Robert Taylor, library manager for archives and history, at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163, or by e-mail at [email protected].
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
Below are two links to photographs courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives.
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Parked cars line the street in front of Cass Gilbert’s State Capitol Building on Sept. 15, 1931.
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The West Virginia State Capitol Building designed by Cass Gilbert reflects in the Kanawha River on Jan. 15, 1932.