Woman completing book on Mother Jones to speak Saturday
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ginny Ayers, daughter of the late Lon Savage, will make a presentation at this Saturday's forum about the Paint Creek and Cabin Creek strikes in 1912 and 1913.
Ayers is currently completing her father's book on Mother Jones, an iconic figure in the coalfield wars in the early 20th Century.
Back in 1986, Savage published the first edition of his earlier book, "Thunder in the Mountains: The West Virginia Mine Wars, 1920-21." The book has been re-published several times since.
The West Virginia Division of Culture's Archives and History Library will host the two-hour forum, which begins at 1 p.m. at the Culture Center. The event is free and open to the public.
Saturday's forum will also feature:
* Ken Bailey, a retired dean and professor emeritus at West Virginia University Institute of Technology, who has published numerous articles and a book, republished in 2008, "Mountaineers are Free: A History of the West Virginia National Guard."
* Fred A. Barkey, a professor emeritus at West Virginia Graduate College, part of Marshall University. Barkey also taught history at the University of Charleston and West Virginia University's Institute for Labor Studies. West Virginia University Press recently published his book, "Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920."