Setting Up Camp – Exhibit Opening at Cass
Cass Scenic Railroad State Park and West Virginia University have partnered to present “Setting Up Camp,” a cultural program to kick off a series of presentation and programs this summer.
1:00 p.m. – Timber/Timbre: Falling Trees and Rising Voices –– Music and Logging in West Virginia, 1880-1930
The grand opening of the exhibit staged in the Cass Museum.
3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. The History of Timbering in WV
A round table discussion on the history of timbering in West Virginia follows the grand opening, featuring WVU scholars and local Pocahontas County historians. This round table will offer visitors the opportunity to learn the history of timbering and music in Pocahontas County, as well as the ways in which the arrival of West Virginia Pulp and Paper shifted the culture and society of Cass. This event will also feature a guided hike to Spruce, which will depart from the Old Spruce Road near Snowshoe at 2:00 p.m. Contact Cass Scenic Railroad State Park office for greater detail: 304-456-4300.
The exhibit Timber/Timbre: Falling Trees and Rising Voices –– Music and Logging in West Virginia, 1880-1930, will be open at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park from June 5 through October 15, 2021.
West Virginia State Parks are committed to preserving and promoting the culturally significant histories of the people and places within the park system. The timber industry’s influence in the Mountain State is an important part of the history of Cass, where the state park has preserved a former logging company town and railroad used during the timber boom of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Over the course of the past two years, graduate students in the WVU History Department conducted research for an exhibit on the history of the timber industry in the Allegheny Highlands region of West Virginia, as told through song. The exhibit, Timber/Timbre: Falling Trees and Rising Voices –– Music and Logging in West Virginia, 1880-1930, will be open at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park from June 5, 2021, through October 15, 2021.
The exhibit and programs are presented with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations do not necessarily represent those of the West Virginia Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding has been provided by the WVU Humanities Center.
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