CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Humanities Council traveling exhibit, The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud, has been touring southern West Virginia since February. Starting September 14 it will cross the border into Kentucky where it will be on display at the Big Sandy Heritage Center, located at 172 Division Street in Pikeville from September 14-October 5.
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. As with past exhibits developed by the Humanities Council it was created in collaboration with graphic arts students at West Virginia University where it previewed in January.
“Considering the special nature of the story, we have had great interest from venues in southern West Virginia as well as Kentucky,” said Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne. “We are sharing this one across the state line, which is not something we typically do. In 2016 the exhibit will be moving to other areas of West Virginia.” To date the exhibit has displayed in Morgantown, Williamson, Bramwell, Athens, Matewan, Logan and two venues in Huntington. After closing in Pikeville it will travel to the Highlands Museum & Discovery Center in Ashland, Kentucky before returning to West Virginia.
The West Virginia Humanities Council’s Hatfields & McCoys traveling exhibit is funded in part by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston. For information about the exhibit while it is in Pikeville contact the Big Sandy Heritage Center at 606-213-4397. Groups interested in bringing the exhibit to their communities should contact Humanities Council Program Officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500 or email@example.com