Pricketts Fort Lecture Series: John Boback, The Western Virginia Backcountry: A Short History of a Very Long Frontier

Jacob Prickett has long been celebrated as being one of the earliest pioneers on the western Virginia frontier. However, John Boback will argue the opposite position by presenting the Pricketts as late comers to the frontier period of history that had actually started over one hundred years before Prickett was even born.

Pricketts Fort Lecture Series: WV History Alive – Julia Child

In the 1960’s, a tall gangly woman with a preposterous voice and a joy of life revolutionized the art of cooking for Americans. Julia Child became an icon of gourmet cooking, and using her remarkable energy, humor, and skill, changed the way Americans thought about eating. The First Lady of Food as she has been called, convinced the nation that anyone could create gourmet meals as she charmed the public with her passion for good food. Sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The Annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College

The annual Phipps Lecture at Davis & Elkins College will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 3 in The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum in Myles Center for the Arts. The Rev. Dr. Miguel A. De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latinx studies at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, Colo., an award-winning author and scholar activist, will present the talk titled "Why They Come: Understanding the U.S. Immigration Crises." The lecture is free and open to the public. Time will be allotted for questions from the audience and a reception will take place afterward. In addition to the lecture, De La Torre will show a documentary, “Trails of Hope and Terror,” made by him and his son, Vincent De La Torre. The screening will take place at 11 a.m. November 3 in Eshleman Science Center 400. There is no admission fee and a discussion will follow.

Rosser’s Raid on Beverly: One Last Frolic for the Confederacy

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Lecture Series: As ice and snow gripped the Alleghenies in January 1865, Confederate General Tom Rosser launched a raid on the Union depot at Beverly, Randolph County, West Virginia. Surprising the Yankees after a late-night dance, Rosser's raiders plundered the town and carried off twice their number in prisoners. Archaeology aids in revealing this tragicomic tale.

Pricketts Fort Lecture Series: WV History Alive: Benjamin Franklin

Revolutionary, founding father, printer, scientist, inventor, journalist, traveler, diplomat, thinker, civic leader, natural philosopher, humorist, librarian, organizer, militia member, international celebrity, and quintessential American. Benjamin Franklin was one of the most extraordinary men in history and the most famous American of his time. He was the only founding father to sign the Declaration of Independence, Treaty of Paris, and the United States Constitution. Sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council. Free and open to the public.

Pricketts Fort Lecture Series: Birding in Marion County with Joey Herron

Discover the wonderful world of birding as Joey Herron takes you through Marion County and discusses the many species of song birds as well as some of the birds of prey that can be seen at Morris Park and Pricketts Fort as well as some other points in Marion Co. Please were your walking shoes as Joey may want to do a little birding after the lecture (weather permitting). Joey Herron was raised in Lewis Co. West Virginia and has 44 years of birding experience and research. Joey is a 1980 graduate of Glenville State College with a BS degree in Biology. Joey is a master bird bander with the Us Geological Service. He is an instructor for Pierpont Community College Lifelong Learners and is a published author. Free and open to the public.