That comment was apparently directed at Snell, who in a Sunday Gazette-Mail article faulted Reid-Smith for the commission's emphasis on promoting festivals and re-enactments. Snell went on to say he believes it is inappropriate to treat the 150th anniversary of America's bloodiest conflict as a celebration.
Also Tuesday, the commission:
Awarded a $5,000 grant to the Corricks Ford Battlefield Association, of Parsons, for its 150th anniversary celebration, June 24-26, culminating with a re-enactment of the Battle of Corricks Ford.
Awarded a $3,000 grant to the Wheeling National Heritage Area Corp. for a walking tour of historic Wheeling, with the narrative to be provided via smartphones.
Awarded a $1,660 grant to the West Virginia State University history department for a historical narrative student project.
Awarded a $1,500 grant to the Lost River Educational Foundation in Hardy County for a Civil War Auto Tour and Living History program, Aug. 12-14. The grant includes $750 to underwrite advertising costs, $500 for re-enactors, and $250 for artistic and technical support.
Denied a $5,000 request from the Friends of Blackwater Canyon to help fund a "New Home for Liberty" project. Commissioners faulted the organization, whose primary mission is to protect the Blackwater Canyon from industrial logging, for failing to provide a budget narrative explaining how the state funds would be used.
Discussed the possibility of issuing license plates and postage stamps commemorating the state's sesquicentennial in 2013.
Senate Majority Leader John Unger, D-Berkeley, said the Legislature could pass legislation next session authorizing commemorative license plates, but said a stamp would have to be issued by the U.S. Postal Service, at the request of the state's congressional delegation.
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