6-13-13 Historical Society plans Sesquicentennial Program

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The Mineral County Historical Society (MCHS) will mark the sesquicentennial of West Virginia statehood with a special program on Sunday, June 23. The event is set for 2:00 PM in the Keyser American Legion Hall, at 66 South Main Street. It is free and open to the public.

The featured speaker will be Jim Goldsworthy, well-known local newspaper columnist and Civil War reenactor. Goldsworthy will discuss the impact of the war on the area which is now Mineral County, along with some of the major events which led to the creation of the 35th state in 1863.

The program will include music of the Civil War era performed by an ensemble led by Hampshire County musician Paul Roomsberg. There will also be an opportunity to test your knowledge of West Virginia history.

The event will conclude with light refreshments and a time for fellowship.

“We know that many people will be unable to travel to cities like Charleston or Wheeling on June 20 to celebrate the state’s 150th anniversary,” MCHS president Frank Roleff said. “Therefore, we invite the community to take advantage of this opportunity to gather and mark an important milestone in West Virginia history.”

The Mineral County Historical Society is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of local and regional history through a wide range of programs and activities. To learn more, contact President Frank Roleff at 304-788-5129.

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