United Hospital Center (UHC) welcomed the community to the opening of a traveling exhibit celebrating the life and career of Senator Robert C. Byrd last Wednesday, April 12. The exhibit is located on the first floor of UHC near the Gift Shop.
Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Senator Robert C. Byrd, the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education has created a traveling exhibit, “Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian”, which debuted at Shepherd University in April 2016. The exhibit is touring the Mountain State to culminate with a celebration of Senator Byrd’s 100th birthday on November 20 at the state capitol.
“The Auxiliary to UHC and the Harrison County Historical Society invite anyone interested to take advantage of this limited engagement to see a remarkable exhibit at UHC,” said Denise Steffich, auxiliary coordinator and director of volunteer services for the Auxiliary to United Hospital Center. “It is important as West Virginians to acknowledge the many contributions of the longest serving Senator in United States history, as Robert C. Byrd served 51 years.”
The exhibit is based on documents and photographs from Senator Byrd’s extensive archive of 60 years of public service and includes images as widely varied as Senator Byrd’s childhood drawings to photographs of him meeting with presidents, said Ray Smock, director of the Byrd Center.
“For any West Virginian who remembers Senator Byrd, the exhibit will bring back memories of what he has done for this state and the nation,” Smock said. “Everywhere we have taken the exhibit we have heard personal stories from those who had encounters with Senator Byrd or who remember how he impacted their lives.”
The public is encouraged to enjoy the exhibit at United Hospital Center through May 15. Area schools are invited to view the display. More information about the traveling exhibit is available at http://www.byrdcenter.org/traveling-exhibit.html.