Nov. 6, 2017
MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — The Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will celebrate Veteran’s Day on Saturday, Nov. 11 with screenings of the documentary “Vietnam: West Virginia Remembers.” The 60-minute film, produced by West Virginia Public Broadcasting (WVPB), is free and open to the public. Screenings begin at 1 and 3 p.m.
Per capita, more West Virginians served and more West Virginians died in Vietnam than did soldiers from any other state. For veterans who survived the war, including thousands of West Virginians, haunting memories remain. This film features the experiences of five West Virginia combat veterans who reflect on how their experiences impacted their lives and the lives of their loved ones. It also explores the reasons why more than 36,000 West Virginians served during the war, and speculates on why so many West Virginians died. Written and produced by award-winning WVPB Executive Producer Suzanne Higgins, this film examines the Vietnam War from the perspective of the Mountain State.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 - 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.
For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin, 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.