Sesquicentennial events continue at WVU-P

PARKERSBURG -West Virginia University at Parkersburg continues its West Virginia sesquicentennial celebration today with an evening of history.

WVU-Parkersburg professor emeritus Bernard Allen will present “Reflections on West Virginia’s Birth and the Years that Followed – Nearly 150 Years of History: An Interactive Lecture.” The program begins at 7 p.m. in the College Activities Center and is free and open to the public.

Allen was a member of the college’s faculty for 30 years and was named West Virginia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement and Teaching and Council for Advancement and Support of Education in 1996. He taught history and philosophy courses during his tenure at WVU-Parkersburg, including West Virginia history. He continues to teach at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C.

Allen is the author of several books on West Virginia and regional history, including “Parkersburg: A Bicentennial History” and “Where It All Began” with David McKain.

The lecture will be preceded by a book signing of West Virginia books written by WVU-Parkersburg history faculty members Robert Anderson, Aaron Crites and Gary Tucker.

Those attending the lecture and book signing will have an opportunity to visit an exhibit, “Born of Rebellion,” sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

WVU-Parkersburg’s sesquicentennial celebration is presented with support from the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission.

Remaining sesquicentennial events at WVU-Parkersburg are:

Through April 30 – Exhibit of West Virginia Books, WVU-Parkersburg library

April 16-May 3: “Born of Rebellion,” West Virginia Humanities Council Exhibit

April 23: “The Revolution that Forged a State” with Ronald Lewis, WVU Professor Emeritus, college theater, 7 p.m., presented by the West Virginia Humanities Council

April 24: Showings of “The Mothman Prophecies,” 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 7 p.m., student lounge

April 26: Johnny Staats & the Delivery Boys, 7 p.m., college amphitheater (College Activities Center in the event of rain)

April 30: Marc Harshman, West Virginia Poet Laureate, 7 p.m., College Theater, presented by the WVU-Parkersburg Humanities Speakers Series.