9/11 survivor to speak
BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. -- Michael Hingson, New York Times best-selling author and survivor of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will address the National Federation of the Blind of West Virginia convention Aug. 1-5 at the Holiday Inn and Suites in Barboursville.
Hingson recounted his experience in his book "Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero."
When the World Trade Center was attacked in 2001, Hingson and his guide dog, Roselle, were on the 78th floor of Tower One. They were able to make their way to safety and survive the attack.
In addition to speaking at the convention, Hingson will share his story during public presentations at the Cabell County Public Library in downtown Huntington and at the Culture Center in Charleston. The West Virginia Library Commission and the Department of Education and the Arts will sponsor Hingson at 3 and 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Culture Center.
Oil and gas exhibit
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is showing a new exhibit, "The Oil and Gas Industry: West Virginia's Gift to the World," at the Culture Center.
The exhibit honoring West Virginia's leading role in the country's oil and gas industry will feature "visible" gasoline pumps with clear glass cylinders, antique oil drums and "yellow dog" lanterns, so named because their two burning wicks resemble a dog's glowing eyes at night.
Other items on display will include a vintage Pennzoil gas station sign, wooden and glass oilcans, drilling tools and a double-piston oil pump, all from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum, the State Archives, the Oil and Gas Museum in Parkersburg, and Columbia Gas.
Admission is free. For information, contact Charles Morris at 304-558-0220.
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