By BRADEN NOON
As summer is upon us, the museum is busy at work planning programs. We were very honored in May to have historian Kip Price along with World War II veterans Paul McCue and Asa Davison join us at the museum specifically to talk about the Wereth 11 massacre in Belgium during World War II. These very accomplished men presented a great program and we are looking forward to them returning to the museum in the near future.
During the month of June we will once again hold our annual West Virginia Day celebration on June 20. We will show a documentary that day on the founding of the state of West Virginia in 1863. There will also be cake and ice cream in a traditional birthday fashion. We will be honoring the 154th birthday of our state.
In the month of August the museum will be hosting an art show to last the entire month. We encourage all local artists to enter works and for everyone to stop in to vote for the fan favorite. We will conclude the art show during Frontier Days weekend with a reception for the artists announcing the fan favorite and awarding a $100 prize.
The museum also has several new exhibits including WVU President Emeritus and Shinnston native David Hardesty, Shinnston churches, Shinnston area glass, and more. We encourage everyone to stop in on Fridays 4-8 and Saturdays and Sundays 12-4 to see these wonderful exhibits, especially those who haven’t taken the time to see our area’s hidden gem before.
We also have several retail items that would be of interest to any history buff including original first editions of The Shinnston Tornado which includes a free book jacket and computer disc with newspapers and maps pertaining to the tornado for just $70 as well as several great DVDs of the programs we have hosted for only $10 each.
So please stop in on a warm summer day and enjoy a truly unique local stop at the Bice-Ferguson Memorial Museum.