Dr. Hal Gorby will discuss his research on the history of the German Turnverein Society in Wheeling. The city was home to numerous German choral singing societies, including the Arion, Harmonie, Maennerchor, Beethoven, Germania, Liedertafel, Mozart, Concordia, Liederkranz, and Teutonia. The Turner (or Turnverein) Society emphasized gymnastics, helped organize the city’s early German Day festivals, and operated Turner’s Hall, which was located near the Marsh building in North Wheeling. Note: NEW program replacing the Cornet Band program, which will be rescheduled for fall. (Image: 1906 German Day fesivtal sign held by Pollack Cigar employees)
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Tuesday | 2022 at noon
PRESENTER BIO: William Hal Gorby is a Teaching Associate Professor of History, and Director of Undergraduate Studies at West Virginia University. He teaches courses on West Virginia, Appalachian, and American Immigration History, and is the 2020-21 recipient of the Eberly College’s Outstanding Teacher award. His book, Wheeling’s Polonia: Reconstructing Polish Community in a West Virginia Steel Town was published by WVU Press in May 2020. He has also consulted on the research and script editing for the PBS American Experience documentary “The Mine Wars.” In 2019, he researched, wrote, and hosted a podcast by Wheeling Heritage Media, titled “Henry: The Life and Times of Wheeling’s Most Notorious Brewer,” which won a History Hero Award from the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History in 2020.
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