Statehood lecture to be presented in Wheeling

CHARLESTON – The West Virginia Humanities Council established its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau in 2011 to help organizations across the state strengthen programs related to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the birth of the Mountain State.

The year 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of West Virginia statehood. In honor of the occasion, the Humanities Council’s speakers bureau focuses this year on statehood topics.

A Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau program will be presented at 7:15 p.m. April 23 at the Trinity Lutheran Church, 3536 Eoff Street, Wheeling. The featured speaker is David T. Javersak, dean emeritus of the School of Liberal Arts at West Liberty University. Javersak’s talk, titled “Species of Legal Fiction: The Wheeling Conventions,” is free and open to the public. The South Wheeling Preservation Alliance is hosting the program and may be contacted at 304-233-8917 for more information

A native West Virginian, Javersak grew up in Weirton and attended Hancock and Brooke public schools. As a student at Broadview Junior High, he won a Golden Horseshoe in 1959. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from West Liberty State College, his master’s in American history and Pacific Island history from the University of Hawaii, and a doctorate from West Virginia University in American history and African history. In 1997, he was named a West Virginia History Hero in recognition of his research, writing, editorial work, and lecturing about the state, especially his home town, his alma mater, and his current home, Wheeling. He published “History of Weirton West Virginia,” in 1999 and “West Liberty: Academy to University,” in 2010.

He is the author of numerous articles, essays, reviews, and booklets about the history of the Northern Panhandle.

Groups interested in scheduling a Sesquicentennial Speaker should contact West Virginia Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or