In partnership with the Pocahontas County Bicentennial Committee, the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cass Scenic Railroad State Park, and the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Historical Association, the West Virginia University History Department and the Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum are excited to announce a series of programs offered in conjunction with a traveling exhibit, Timber/Timbre: Falling Trees and Rising Voices – Music and Logging in West Virginia, 1880-1930. The exhibit tells the history of the timber industry in the Allegheny Highlands region of West Virginia, as expressed through song.
The exhibit will open at the McClintic branch of the Pocahontas County Library in Marlinton on Monday, Oct. 18, and will be available for public viewing during standard library hours of operation.
To welcome the exhibit to Marlinton, a performance of traditional folk music typically of the timber camp experience will be offered on Saturday, Oct. 16, at the Discovery Junction Stage from 4 to 6 p.m. Live music coordinated by the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College, and featuring Richard Hefner and Friends, and Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters is offered free and open to the public through the generous support of the West Virginia Humanities Council and the WVU Humanities Center.
On Nov. 13, an additional event, “Making History,” will be held at the McClintic Library from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., highlighting the preservation of local history, and featuring collaborative talks with both Pocahontas County and WVU librarians.
The exhibit and all programming will be open and free to the public. The exhibit and cultural programming are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding has been provided by the WVU Humanities Center.