Stirrup Gallery opening Wednesday at D&E College

It begins with the Stone Age and the hand ax and ends with the delicate, beautifully crafted glass, wooden and metal objects of the early 20th century.

It is known as the Stirrup Gallery, the legacy of prodigious collector Hosea M. Darby, a native son of Preston County and successful Elkins architect, who gave his home and collection of more than 10,000 items to Davis & Elkins College in 1943.

To celebrate the public opening of the Stirrup Gallery, there will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the gallery, which is located in the Myles Center for the Arts on D&E’s campus.

Join us as we welcome this rare and exciting attraction to our community. Tour the gallery following the ribbon -utting and discover this truly unique collection that will fascinate the minds of all ages.

The collection includes firearms, powder horns, glassware, metalware and pottery, as well as Mississippian and Americana artifacts. Other unusual objects can be found in the collection, such as a 6-foot-long Narwal whale tusk, strings of wampum, carved ivory Inuit boat hooks and scrapers collected and manufactured by people of the Americas for hundreds of years.