'A Woman of Courage'
FAIRMONT, W.Va. -- Robert Thompson, author of "A Woman of Courage on the West Virginia Frontier: Phebe Tucker Cunningham," will be making several appearances in north-central West Virginia on May 11 and 12.
Thompson tells the story of Cunningham, married at Pricketts Fort in 1780, who lost four children at the hands of the Wyandot tribe and was held captive for three years until legendary renegades Simon Girty and Alexander McKee arranged her freedom.
"Thompson describes in vivid detail early colonial life in the Alleghenies and the ways of the Wyandot, providing historical context for this unforgettable saga," a news release said.
Thompson, a historian and a former career military officer, has a graduate degree in military studies, Civil War, from the American Military University. He lives in St. Louis.
From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11, he'll be at Marion County Museum, 211 Adams St., Fairmont; at 2 p.m. at Morgantown History Museum, 175 Kirk St.; and at 2 p.m. May 12 at Pricketts Fort Memorial Foundation, 88 State Park Entrance Road, Fairmont.
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Steve Stephenson, a University of Arkansas research professor, has written a new book, "A Natural History of the Central Appalachians."
The book was published in March by the West Virginia University Press. Stephenson was a professor for 27 years at Fairmont State College.
The book features more than 120 color images, examines the biology and ecology of the plants, animals and other organisms of the region. It also touches on the history of humans in the region, beginning with the arrival of the first native peoples.