History of Charleston
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Billy Joe Peyton will give a free talk titled "The History of Charleston" at 6 p.m. March 5 in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.
Through words and images, Peyton will share glimpses of Charleston's history, which spans 225 years, starting with the founding of Fort Lee at the mouth of the Elk River in 1788. The presence of abundant natural resources such as salt, timber and coal helped Charleston grow into a busy river town of more than 1,000 by 1860, when it was occupied alternately by Union, Confederate and then Union forces during the Civil War.
Peyton is associate professor of history at West Virginia State University, and earned bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in history from West Virginia University.
For planning purposes, attendees are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
Local artist in Wheeling
WHEELING, W.Va. -- The photographs of Charleston resident Deborah Herndon will be featured in a new show at Artworks Around Town, 2200 Market St., Wheeling. Each month Artworks has two new shows open in their galleries on the first Friday of the month.
The nonprofit cooperative is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. weekdays and Saturdays.
Picasso show in Chicago
CHICAGO -- The Art Institute of Chicago has a new major exhibition of works by Pablo Picasso.
The museum is celebrating the Spanish artist and his relationship with the city. "Picasso and Chicago" features 250 works -- nearly half of the museum's own Picasso collection along with pieces from private collections and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's the Chicago museum's first major Picasso exhibition in three decades.
The Art Institute was the first museum in the nation to feature Picasso's work a century ago in 1913. This exhibit features paintings, drawings, works on paper, ceramics and sculptures.
The exhibit is open through May 12. It is accompanied by related exhibitions throughout the Art Institute's other galleries.
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