West Virginia Statehood Exhibit On Display At Concord University’s Marsh Library

For Immediate Release: 
Mar 26 2013

CONTACT: Sarah Dalton
Concord University
Office of Advancement
PO Box 1000, Athens, WV 24712
(304) 384-6312, news@concord.edu



ATHENS, W.Va. – Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood Exhibit will be on display now through March 31 in the Joseph F. Marsh Library at Concord University.

This exhibit is an award-winning traveling exhibit about the creation of West Virginia. The story of West Virginia’s statehood is unique in American history. This event is especially unique this year considering West Virginia is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The statehood story is organized into four sections – Divergence, Civil War, Birth of West Virginia and Statehood.

Those who view this exhibit will be able to lead themselves through a self-guided tour including informational text, photos, maps and images presented on lightweight collapsible frames.

Connie Shumate, interim library director at Concord, and Nancy Ellison, director of Multicultural Affairs at Concord, are both excited about this exhibit coming to Concord. “We need to know what our history is; it needs to be celebrated, not just stated, but celebrated,” says Shumate.

“This is such a unique state. We look forward to letting students learn the history especially since it is West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial,” says Ellison.

Concord students, faculty and staff, as well as the general public, are invited to view the exhibit at no charge. The exhibit will be open Monday through Thursday from 7:45 a.m. – 12 midnight, Friday from 7:45 a.m. - 4 p.m., Saturday from 12 noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Those wishing to schedule group visits should contact Shumate at (304) 384-5366 or Ellison at (304) 384-6086.


Cassie Molchanoff, a student in Concord University’s Public Relations Workshop, wrote this press release. She is from Oak Hill, W.Va.

Persons with disabilities should contact Nancy Ellison, 1-304-384-6086 or 1-800-344-6679 extension 6086
if special assistance is required for access to an event scheduled by the University on campus.