Hatfield And McCoy Traveling Exhibit On Display At Concord University

For Immediate Release: 
Apr 24 2015

CONTACT:  Sarah Dalton

Concord University

Office of Advancement

PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712

(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu

www.concord.edu         

 

  HATFIELD AND MCCOY TRAVELING EXHIBIT

ON DISPLAY AT CONCORD UNIVERSITY

 

 ATHENS, W.Va. – The West Virginia Humanities Council’s new traveling exhibit, The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud, will be on display in the Marsh Library on the campus of Concord University in Athens through May 11.

The exhibit is free and open to the public during the library’s normal operating hours: Monday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. – midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Saturday, 12 noon – 4 p.m.; and, Sunday, 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Using text, photographs, maps, illustrations, and quotes, the exhibit of four free standing three-sided kiosks examines the history of the Tug Valley region, origins and events of the feud, as well as its historical and cultural significance including related scholarly books, plays, television shows, and products.

After previewing in January at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center, the Hatfields & McCoys officially premiered in February in the heart of Hatfield country in Mingo County at the Williamson Public Library.

“We create our traveling exhibits in collaboration with graphic arts students at West Virginia University, so they get first dibs as to showing them off,” according to Humanities Council  program officer Mark Payne. It comes to Concord after displaying at the Coal Heritage Interpretive Center in Bramwell.

Payne noted that the feud exhibit will return to Tug Valley for the Hatfield-McCoy Reunion Festival, with a special visit to the Matewan Visitors Center from May 16 to June 30. It will also visit neighboring Pikeville, Ky. in September. “Considering the special nature of the story, we have had interest from venues in Kentucky and will share this one across the state line, which is not something we typically do,” Payne said.

While excited to bring the Hatfield-McCoy story home to southern West Virginia, Payne emphasized that Humanities Council exhibits travel statewide. “We have had inquiries from Parkersburg to Martinsburg and continue to work out the schedule. It is definitely going to be getting around,” he said.

Previous traveling exhibits developed by the Humanities Council about West Virginia statehood and John Henry were displayed at 65 different sites in the Mountain State.

The Hatfields & McCoys traveling exhibit is funded in part by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston.

For information about the exhibit while it is at Concord University contact Nancy Ellison at nellison@concord.edu or 304-384-6086. Groups interested in bringing the exhibit to their communities should contact Payne at 304-346-8500 or payne@wvhumanities.org

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