W.Va. —Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will feature
activities for the whole family during June, including a film, storytelling,
photo exhibit and the celebration of West Virginia’s birthday. All
programs are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, June 10, the museum’s Second Saturday film series will feature
“The Mine Wars,” a 120-minute documentary that brings to life the decades-long
struggle for the miner’s right to organize and join a union, and turned the
coalfields of southern West Virginia into a war zone. In the beginning of the
20th century, coal fueled industrial progress and employed nearly 750,000 men
across the United States. This documentary film was produced by Film Posse,
Inc. for the American Experience series aired on Public Broadcasting
Service (PBS). The first showing will begin at noon followed by an encore
at 2:30 p.m.
Storyteller Judi Tarowsky will present “Burning Springs – The Forgotten Story”
from 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 17. The program runs 30 minutes and is
followed by a question and answer session. On May 9, 1863, Confederate troops
under General William (Grumble) Jones marched on Burning Springs, located in
what is now Wirt County. They set fire to the oil field and the town. The
raid was considered so sensitive to the Union that no newspapers reported the
story and no federal record exists of it.
The museum’s “Featured Artist” of the month is Anita J. Luellen, an
award-winning photographer from Shadyside, Ohio. Her photographs capture images
as varied as a morning launch at the Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, N.M. to a
view of a lighthouse on a foggy morning in Maine. Images of the Mountain State
include a crypt in Wheeling’s Greenwood Cemetery, the Cheat River near Elkins
and Blackwater Falls State Park.
celebration of West Virginia Day will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday,
June 20 with family-oriented crafts and showing of “West Virginia: A Film
History,” a documentary series produced by the West Virginia History Film
Project and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Visitors are invited to
celebrate the day by making a gold and blue West Virginia necklace and a “West
Virginia Scavenger Hunt in a Bottle.” The scavenger hunt also will be available
at the museum’s Discovery Table throughout the month of June.
by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound
Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built
by the Adena people between 250 - 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest
earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the
Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric
people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West
Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum,
located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m.