CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Humanities Council established its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau to help organizations across the state strengthen their programs related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and birth of the Mountain State. The sesquicentennial period runs 2011 to 2015 and will be marked by observances all over the country.
A Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau program will be presented at 7 p.m. July 30 in the Summers Auditorium of the Wood County Public Library in Parkersburg and at 7 p.m. Aug. 3 at the Pearl Buck Birthplace in Hillsboro.
Dr. Kenneth Bailey will give talks titled "Scratch 'em and Sue 'em: Post Civil War Legal Issues." The talks are free. The Wood County Historical Society is working with the Humanities Council to present the program in Parkersburg. The Pearl Buck Birthplace and the Friends of Hillsboro Public Library are working with the Humanities Council to present the program in Hillsboro.
Dr. Bailey is Dean and Professor Emeritus at West Virginia University Institute of Technology in Montgomery, where he taught history and was Dean of the College of Business, Humanities and Sciences. He has served on the West Virginia Archives and History Commission, Kanawha County Public Library Board of Directors, and the West Virginia Humanities Council Board of Directors. He was president of the West Virginia Historical Society for two separate terms and was editor of the Historical Society publication, "Quarterly." In 2003 he received the Virgil A. Lewis Award for contributions to the writing and preservation of West Virginia History. He is the author of the books "Mountaineers are Free: A History of the West Virginia National Guard," "Kanawha County Public Library: A History," and "Alleged Evil Genius: The Life and Times of Judge James H. Ferguson."For more information about the July 30 program, call the Wood County Public Library at 304-420-4587. Call 304-653-4430 for information about the Aug. 3 program. Groups interested in scheduling a sesquicentennial speaker should contact West Virginia Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or pa...@wvhumanities.org.