Coal camp violence
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Paul H. Rakes, associate professor of American history at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, will present the free talk "Saloons, Liquor and Gunplay in West Virginia's Early Coal Camps" at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Archives and History library at the Culture Center.
The early coal camps in Fayette and McDowell counties and along Cabin Creek witnessed a dramatic increase in population on what was essentially an industrial frontier. The attraction of liquor, saloons and guns led to frequent violence among the predominately transient male population.
Before the coal camps matured, these areas of West Virginia bore a striking similarity to the more famous tales of the late-19th-century American West.
Rakes is a third-generation coal miner of 20 years, who later earned his doctorate in history at West Virginia University. His research focuses on mining in West Virginia, and he has published essays on the subject.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for the lecture by contacting Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. -- Arthur Siegel's "Photographs from the Home Front -- May/June 1943" will be on exhibit through Sept. 29 at the Point Pleasant River Museum. For more information, contact the museum at 304-674-0144.
Botanical art classes
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Wednesday art classes during August at the Renaissance Art Gallery will focus on botanical art.
Students will research and select a plant to illustrate in the tradition of scientific botanical illustrations. Choices also include medium, support and size. For this class, photography will be included. Students will be encouraged to explore multiple technique and medium as well as the history of scientific illustration.
Anyone interested in taking or auditing the class should contact the Renaissance Art Gallery or Susan Tschantz at 304-552-2006.
Tschantz is in the gallery every Wednesday from 1 to 7:30 p.m. She teaches a continuing open studio class.