Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State
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Our featured museum for October is Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park.
Harper’s Ferry is situated where the Potomac and Shenandoah rivers meet. Initially the town was named “Shenandoah Falls at Mr. Harper’s Ferry,” after Robert Harper who obtained the patent for the lands. The home Mr. Harper built, but never lived in, is the oldest structure in town and dates to 1775.
In 1859, John Brown began to prepare for his historic “raid” on the armory in Harper’s Ferry. John Brown began by leasing a farm only 5 miles from the town. The farm was used a gathering point for Brown’s Army, who were hidden during the day. Brown’s daughter and wife were brought to the farm to keep up the appearance of a normal family. On October 16th, 1859, the raid was to begin. A total of 16 men died in the rad, 10 of whom were members of John Brown’s Army. John Brown was captured, jailed, and on December 2nd 1859 he was executed by hanging. It was at this point that the oncoming Civil War was viewed as unavoidable.
I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done. – John Brown, December 2, 1859
And unavoidable it certainly was, less than 3 years later Harper’s Ferry would mark a momentous moment in the struggle for abolition. During the Civil War, Harper’s Ferry served as a key operation point for Union troops during the Civil War. On September 15th, 1862 a strategic victory engineered by Major General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, allowed for the single largest capture of Federal Union forces during the Civil War. Examine the map show below to see further details regarding the Confederate’s successful maneuver into position.
To read more about October’s featured site visit the National Park Service’s website:https://www.nps.gov/hafe/
On October 18th, Joseph Obidzinzki will lead a workshop on Historic Site and Museum Interpretation.
Joseph Obidzinski is a well versed member of the museum and historic community. Joseph obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University, where he majored in History. After Joe completed his undergraduate studies, he began a three-year association with the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in Virginia. First as an intern, and then as a seasonal historian, he worked on developing and delivering various historic programs throughout the park. During Joseph’s first year there, he applied and was accepted to West Virginia University’s graduate history program. While at WVU, Joseph completed his Master’s Degree in American History with dual emphases in Public History and Civil War Era Studies.
For two years Joseph served as the Americorps Service Member at Jackson’s Mill. While there he developed new educational and interpretive programs, updated much of the interpretation at the site, and began to formalize a volunteer program for the site. I also served as the miller there for a number of seasons, operating the 1790s water-powered gristmill on-site. Prior to joining PAWV, in the fall of 2014, he worked for a season at Jackson’s Mill as a seasonal historian.
Joseph believes that it is our duty to preserve, interpret, and teach the past, no matter how difficult or uncomfortable the subject matter may be. It is his contention that this is best done when people can connect with that past in tangible ways, such as sites, structures, artifacts, and experiences.
Join an experienced history professional and educator to expand your interpretation skills. Learn how to engage visitors, researchers, tourists, and audiences of all backgrounds. The workshop will be divided into two components. The first half will feature a discussion and lecture, and the second will take place in the field, where attendees can practice and see demonstrations of interpretative techniques.
Lunch will be provided. Register using the following link:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/interpretation-basics-tickets-50805118477?aff=efbeventtix
On September 14, 2018, 10:00am-4:00pm at the Beverly Heritage Center, join us for a hands-on workshop with WV State Museum curator Jim Mitchell. Jim will explain the 29 classical types of art glass using actual objects insofar as possible. Art Glass is glass, usually colored, which is blown on a blowpipe, manipulated by glass workers and then treated with various chemical and technological processes to alter the appearance of the glass.
Jim Mitchell is the curator of the West Virginia State Museum in the Culture Center in Charleston. As a professional decorative arts and technological history curator for 58 years, he has worked for the State Museums in Wisconsin, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. He has also been a museum director twice. He has a BA in History, a MA in Early American Culture, and a MS in Public Administration. Jim is a native of Wisconsin and enjoys woodworking and playing bass instruments.
For WVAM members, cost to attend is $10; non-member is $20. Lunch is included. Registration is required; please contact Darryl DeGripp by September 7 or search Eventbrite for the event.
Contact: Darryl DeGripp, firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-637-7424
On August 4, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm at the MEC adjacent to WVU Art Museum in Morgantown, join us for a hands-on, activity-driven session, which will equip you with strategies and methodology on how to best utilize digital marketing and social media for your organization. We’ll delve into digital marketing for arts and cultural organizations and create a well-rounded and achievable plan for success. You’ll learn what platforms have the highest return, how to use them, and how to track the results.
Topics we’ll cover include: email marketing, social media best practices, social media advertising, messaging optimization and segmentation, and website optimization. You’ll leave this session with concrete and achievable takeaways that you can implement right away at your organization.
Ceci Dadisman is a multi-faceted marketing professional with 15 years of experience successfully marketing the arts and nonprofits utilizing innovative and cutting-edge initiatives. Currently the Digital Marketing Manager at FORM, she is nationally recognized as a leader in digital and social media marketing and specializes in the integration of digital marketing and technology into traditional marketing methods. Ceci was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, and graduated from West Virginia University with a music degree in vocal performance. She currently lives in Cleveland, Ohio.
For WVAM members, cost to attend is $10; non-member is $20. Lunch is included. Registration is required; please contact Elizabeth Satterfield by July 30 or search Eventbrite for the event.
Contact: Elizabeth Satterfield, email@example.com or 304-290-7546