* $5,000 for the Rich Mountain Battlefield Foundation in Randolph County to stage the Raids on Beverly re-enactment May 3-5, a statehood commemoration on June 15, and a West Virginia 1863 "History Alive" event on July 13.
Total cost is $10,000, including $2,100 in stipends for actor/interpreters who will portray Francis Pierpont, governor of the "restored government" of Virginia during the war, and U.S. Sen. John <co >Carlile.
* $3,450 to the Larry Joe Harless Community Center in Gilbert for the 2013 "Skirmish on the River" re-enactment April 26-28.
Total cost for the event is $11,650, including $2,400 for $10-per-hour pay for 40 re-enactors, and $1,120 for the re-enactors' dinner.
* $1,500 to the Alliance for the Arts in Bluefield for "Celebrate West Virginia!" events, April 13 through May 5.
Total costs are $2,900 and include $1,500 for a three-week exhibit of 3-D Civil War photographs at the Bluefield Area Arts Center. That includes $1,350 for rental costs for the exhibit and $150 for 3-D glasses.
Like the state, the Sesquicentennial Commission has had a stormy history, and its share of divisiveness. In the spring of 2011, about half the commissioners resigned in a dispute over whether the commission should be geared to promoting tourism-friendly re-enactments, fairs, and festivals or should focus on educating the public about historical events surrounding the Civil War that ultimately led to the creation of West Virginia in 1863.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.