Bureau announces available speakers

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Humanities Council’s Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau offers presentations on Civil War and statehood.

Beginning Saturday, speakers are available for presentations through Oct. 31.

The topics and speakers for 2014 are:

“Mothers of Martyrs: Women and Civil War Commemoration,” presented by Katherine Antolini, West Virginia Wesleyan College history professor;

“Methodists and West Virginia Statehood,” presented by Matthew Foulds, Shepherd University history professor;

“The Common Soldier in the Civil War,” presented by Jason Phillips, West Virginia University history professor; and

“Revisiting the Emancipation Proclamation: West Virginia and Beyond,” by Michael Woods, Marshall University history professor.

Speakers are available to groups such as historical societies; sites including museums, colleges, libraries and re-enactment events; and other community organizations. All programs must be publicized and free to the public.

Requests for speakers should be received no later than the 10th of the month prior to the presentation month; for example, May 10 for a June 20 presentation.

Advance scheduling is advised.

The Humanities Council covers the honorarium of the speakers and provides promotional assistance with each program. Host groups should be able to provide an audience of at least 40 people and any lodging costs that might be required.

Groups interested in scheduling a speaker should contact Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne at (304) 346-8500 or payne@wvhumanities.org.