"[Harrington] introduced the country to poverty, and then West Virginia became a sort of poster child for that," Rivard said. "The positive side of West Virginia is also invisible the way poverty was in the early '60s."
Rivard's lecture will be held in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center at 6 p.m on Jan. 7.
Her next exhibit is slated for April at the Art Emporium on Quarrier Street. Rivard's latest project includes photos of her hometown of Detroit, and glimpses of what she calls "a comeback" from the city's economic downfall.
The photos are reminiscent of past exhibits, and follows what has become Rivard's niche: finding the beauty in hard times.
"There's something so brave about these people who find the positives and the beauty in tough situations even though they don't have control of the environment around them," she said.
The FSA Project photographs in the "New Deal" book are available for download through the Library of Congress at www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa. The photographs are free and in the public domain.
For more information, contact Rivard at bettyriv...@yahoo.com.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.