CHARLESTON — The W.Va. Humanities Council traveling exhibit, “The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud,” will continue its tour of southern West Virginia at the Hatfield-McCoy Convention and Visitors Bureau at 325 Stratton Street in Logan. The exhibit will be on display in the CVB lobby from July 6 through July 24 before moving on to the Heritage Farm Museum and Village in Huntington.
Using text, photographs, maps, illustrations, and quotes, the exhibit of four free standing three-sided kiosks examines the history of the Tug Valley region, origins and events of the feud, as well as its historical and cultural significance including related scholarly books, plays, television shows, and products.
The exhibit previewed in January at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. “We create our traveling exhibits in collaboration with graphic arts students at West Virginia University, so they get first dibs as to showing them off,” according to Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne.
Since previewing in Morgantown the exhibit has traveled to Williamson, Bramwell, Athens, and Matewan for display. This fall it will also display in Pikeville and Ashland, Kentucky. “Considering the special nature of the story, we have had interest from venues in Kentucky and will share this one across the state line, which is not something we typically do,” Payne said.
While excited to bring the Hatfield-McCoy story home to southern West Virginia, Payne emphasized that Humanities Council exhibits travel statewide. “We have had inquiries from Parkersburg to Martinsburg and continue to work out the schedule for 2016. Before the end of 2015 it will have displayed in 10 or 11 different locations, which is a lot of traveling for that period of time. ” Previous traveling exhibits developed by the Humanities Council about West Virginia statehood and John Henry were displayed at 65 different sites in the Mountain State.
The Hatfields and McCoys traveling exhibit is funded in part by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston. For information about the exhibit while it is in Logan call the Hatfield-McCoy CVB at 304-752-6020. Groups interested in bringing the exhibit to their communities should contact Payne at 304-346-8500 or [email protected]