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/
Exciting news – Our next workshop is a fantastic, two day, in-depth learning opportunity. Current WVAM members who wish to attend the workshop, will receive a $20 reimbursement, or a free year of membership!
This two day workshop provides a basic introduction to the concepts and standards used to build an effective preservation program. The curriculum covers preservation policies, environmental and storage conditions, care and handling of collection materials, reformatting, emergency preparedness, and program assessment. The instructors will discuss realistic approaches to preservation at small and medium sized organizations, and small group work will encourage participants to discuss their own preservation goals together.
The workshop will be lead by Danielle Spalenka from the Northeast Document Conservation Center. NEDCC is the first independent laboratory to specialize in the preservation care of paper/parchment, photographs, audio, books, documents, maps, and manuscripts. The Center is a reliable and recognized leader in paper based collections care.
Visit the following link to register for the workshop:
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, email@example.com 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 304-290-7546