Exhibit to feature Byrd

SHEPHERDSTOWN — The Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education has announced six new sites for its traveling exhibit, “Robert C. Byrd:  Senator, Statesman, West Virginian.”

The Randolph County Community Arts Center in Elkins is among the sites.

“This new year is the 100th anniversary of Sen. Byrd’s birth and the best time ever to reflect on the incredible career of one of West Virginia’s greatest citizens. We want our traveling exhibit to be a catalyst to encourage all West Virginians to find ways to reflect on and learn about what Sen. Byrd meant, and still means, to West Virginia and the nation,” said Ray Smock, director of the Byrd Center and former historian of the U.S. House of Representatives, in a news release.

“We are delighted that our information-rich mobile exhibit will bring together people of all ages in Wheeling, Fairmont, Elkins, Williamson, Huntington and Bridgeport during the opening five months of 2017,” Smock continued.

The exhibit tells the story of Byrd’s origins in the coal fields; his service to the state and nation; and his lasting legacy as the West Virginian of the 20th Century.

The centennial of Byrd’s birth is Nov. 20, 2017. The traveling exhibit will be at the Culture Center in Charleston, where a grand celebration is being planned for that date.

The details of the exhibit tour are:

• Jan. 23 to Feb. 17: Pierpont Community & Technical College, North Central West Virginia Advanced Technology Center, I-79 Technology Park, 500 Galliher Drive, Fairmont;

• Jan. 24 to Feb. 16: Wheeling Jesuit University, WJU Art Gallery in Kirby Hall, 316 Washington Ave., Wheeling;

• Feb. 17 to March 17: Randolph County Community Arts Center, 2 Park St., Elkins;

• March 6 to April 9: First National Bank of Williamson, 68 E. Second Ave., Williamson;

• April 10 to May 15: Marshall University, John Deaver Drinko Library, 1 John Marshall Drive, Huntington; and

• April 11 to May 15: United Hospital Center, 327 Medical Park Drive, Bridgeport.

To date, the exhibit has been hosted in Shepherdstown, Parkersburg, Beckley, Bluefield, Lewisburg and Morgantown. Future stops can be found online at www.byrdcenter.org.

The tour of the Robert C. Byrd exhibit is funded, in part, by a major grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council. FirstEnergy, PiperJaffray, Comcast and McGinn and Company also have made contributions to facilitate the exhibit.

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