Greenbrier Historical Society to host Fall Lecture Series

The Greenbrier Historical Society is pleased to welcome three wonderful individuals to our 2013 Fall Lecture Series. The lectures will be held Thursday evenings at 6 p.m. at the North House, located at 301 West Washington Street in Lewisburg.

On Thursday, Oct. 31, Jim Costa will present “Cooking on the Hearth.” Costa is an avid collector and resident of Talcott. He will discuss the evolution of early 19th century cookware by using pieces from his own extensive collection as examples of how innovation in foundry technology affected the design and use of cookware.

On Thursday, Nov. 7, Elizabeth Spangler will present “A Place Called Solid: The Life and Work of Louise McNeill.” Louise McNeill Pease was West Virginia’s poet laureate from 1979 until 1993. Spangler will speak about McNeill’s childhood and growing up in West Virginia, as well as how her love of the Mountain State influenced her work. Spangler, a native of Lewisburg, is a Software Engineer with the Problem Determination Tools Division of IBM Corp who also loves history and is excited to share her research.

On Thursday, Nov. 21, Kyle Mills will speak on the history and natural history of caves in the Greenbrier Valley that were mined for saltpeter from the American Revolution through the Civil War. Mills, an AFHA AmeriCorps member with the Greenbrier Historical Society, is an historian and avid cave explorer.

Admission to each lecture is Pay What You Can. All proceeds will benefit the many and varied programs of the Greenbrier Historical Society. For more information, call 304-645-3398 or email

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