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W.Va. historian to speak on statehood Saturday

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The director of the West Virginia State Archives will speak on the state's 150th anniversary at a free event Feb. 16 at the Bridge Road Bistro in Charleston.

Joe Geiger's talk is titled "The 35th Star: West Virginia Statehood" and will begin at 12:45 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by the John Young Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

 Geiger's presentation will examine the issues and processes that led to the creation of West Virginia, including the election of Abraham Lincoln, the outbreak of the Civil War, the Reorganized Government of Virginia, and the Wheeling conventions. Saturday's event is a program of the Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau, established by the West Virginia Humanities Council to help organizations across the state strengthen their programs related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and birth of the Mountain State. To schedule a Sesquicentennial Speaker, contact Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or payne@wvhumanities.org.


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