July 3, 1863, was a pivotal day in the Civil War. On that day, the Union Army scored a key victory in the Pennsylvania town of Gettysburg, and Confederates offered their surrender at Vicksburg, Mississippi. The Battle of Gettysburg ended the Confederates’ last major invasion of the North and is viewed by some as the war’s turning point. The Confederate loss of Vicksburg was perhaps more important because it opened the way for the North to seize control of the entire Mississippi River, cutting the Confederacy in half.
On West Virginia Morning we explore the history of the Augusta Heritage Center just as the summer workshop series begins this weekend. Also, Roseanne Cash is featured in our Mountain Stage Song of the Week. That's on West Virginia Morning from West Virginia Public Broadcasting...telling West Virginia's story.
Augusta begins this weekend. This very popular series of summer workshops about music and crafts has been explored by a student working on her master's thesis. Brittany Hicks graduated from Appalachian State University in May of 2014. Her thesis was titled "Exploring Nostalgia for the Future: A History of the Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins, West Virginia." Just as the busy five week series kicks off, she sat down with us to find out what she learned.
Between the two of them, Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have appeared on Mountain Stage over 15 times in the last twenty years. Until the First Family of the Banjo make their next appearance on the show (get to writing, Bela/Abby!), we'll go ahead and listen back to their past pick'n tunes on Mountain Stage After Midnight.
A syringe exchange program is being launched to reduce diseases within Cabell County's population of injection-drug users.
State and local officials announced the one-year pilot program on Thursday at a news conference in Huntington.
Department of Health and Human Resources Secretary Karen L. Bowling says the state will provide $10,000 to the Cabell-Huntington Health Department to launch the one-year pilot Another $10,000 will be provided for technical support.