Civil War historian to present "Little Lecture"
Civil War historian and author Hunter Lesser will give the May 20 Little Lecture for the West Virginia Humanities Council. "Robert E. Lee in West Virginia" will begin at 2 p.m. at Humanities Council headquarters in the MacFarland-Hubbard House, 1310 Kanawha Blvd. E. The lecture is part of the Humanities Council's programs observing the Civil War Sesquicentennial.
Gen. Robert E. Lee led Confederate troops to the mountains of then Western Virginia in his first command of the Civil War.
Elkins resident Lesser says Lee's experience with mountain warfare was a failure and defeats here led to him being known in the South as "Granny" Lee. He eventually was recalled to Richmond to serve as an adviser to Jefferson Davis.
"But he found himself a legendary warhorse in these mountains and learned lessons in leadership that would serve him well as he restored his reputation to become a military icon," Lesser said.
Lesser is the author of "Rebels at the Gate" and "The First Campaign: A Guide to Civil War in the Mountains of West Virginia, 1861." Copies of his books will be available for purchase, and a book signing will follow the lecture.
To confirm seats for the lecture, call 304-346-8500. Admission is $10 and includes a reception after the program.
The remaining Little Lecture will be presented on June 24 with author Denise Giardina discussing the 25th anniversary of her novel, "Storming Heaven."
Tamarack artisan, author
Allegheny Echoes will present the Sunday @ Two concert Sunday at Tamarck. Bob Brunner will talk about and sign copies of his book, "Reporter's Recollections."
Artisans demonstrating their crafts Sunday will be Delbert Pitchford, wooden carvings, and Earl Grey, stone sculptures and jewelry.
Free Sunday @ Two tickets may be reserved Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. for the next Sunday @ Two, and may be picked up at the front desk on Sunday mornings. Tickets are required because of limited seating.
Tamarack is off of Exit 45, Interstate 77, Beckley. Open 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily. Contact www.tamarackwv.com or 888-262-7225.
Monongalia County's Suncrest Middle School won the 3rd annual West Virginia State History Bowl on April 24, outperforming 15 regional team winners at the Culture Center with its knowledge of state history, culture and heritage.
Horace Mann Middle School in Kanawha County won second place, followed by Team One from Shady Spring Middle School in Raleigh County. Team One from Cameron High School in Marshall County earned fourth-place.
The double-elimination tournament sponsored by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History included lightning rounds and team rounds featuring questions prepared by the staff of the Division's Archives and History Section.
Each member of the championship team, comprised of eighth-graders Roark Sizemore, Sadaf Sarwari, Matteo Peries and Tee Tanner, won $500 each.
Second-place winners received $250 each, third-place winners $125, and fourth-place winners $50.
Prizes also were awarded for the tournament MVP and all-tournament team. Peries was named the tournament's MVP. Members of the all-tournament team included Sarwari, Isaac Liu from Horace Mann, Lucas Thompson from Shady Spring and Sara Quigley from Cameron.
Members of the Horace Mann team were Liu, Mary-Keeton Lane, Harriett Rowe and Zane Lewis.
Shady Spring's team included Thompson, Jenna Meador, Trevor Pritchett and Jordan Thomas. Cameron's team members were Quigley, Adrianna Boles, Roger McDiffitt and Jared Neehouse.
History of monotheism
Psychoanalyst Dr. Leon Wurmser will present "Monotheism: One God, Many Questions," at 7:30 p.m. May 14 at the Culture Center. The event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow.