From documents that record the formation of our proud state during the tumultuous Civil War years to letters that tell the family histories of the hard-working men and women who settled these hills long before the declaration of “Montani Semper Liberi,” our stories are told through our archival collections. They increase our state’s sense of identity and cultivate our understanding of our culture. The latest series in the People's University program at the Ohio County Public Library in Wheeling will explore archival collections from throughout West Virginia, show how different media and materials can be accessed and used as research tools to tell our varied stories, and inform people how to keep their own collections organized and safe for future generations.
The People’s University is a free program for adults who wish to continue their education in the liberal arts, featuring courses taught by experts in each subject that enable patrons to pursue their goal of lifelong learning in subjects such as history, philosophy, and literature. There are no grades and patrons are welcome to attend all classes in a series or individual programs on a class by class basis.
To register for The People’s University: West Virginia History through Archives – Preserving the Mountain State’s Stories, please call the library at 304-232-0244, send an email to [email protected], or visit the Reference Desk. Classes are free and open to the public. Registration is not a commitment and you are welcome to attend any or all classes. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.