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Items of general interest to members and friends of the Roane County Historical Society
General Interest : Archives and History, Thursday Lecture: "West Virginia Lobotomy Project" on March 19
Posted by Rick Greathouse on 2015/3/11 7:50:00 (621 reads)

Archives and History, Thursday Lecture, "West Virginia Lobotomy Project" on March 19

On Thursday, March 19, 2015, Dr. James L. Spencer will present "The West Virginia Lobotomy Project, 1948-1955" in the Archives and History Library of the Culture Center in Charleston. The program will begin at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

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General Interest : 5th Annual Essay Scholarship
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2015/1/17 7:59:15 (541 reads)

REMINDER - ESSAY SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE TO ROANE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS
The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. reminds interested students and parents of the availability of a $1,000 scholarship to a 2014-15 full-time student at Roane County High School, Spencer, WV.

In order to promote Roane County history and family genealogy the society is encouraging young citizens to write an essay on their family history. The essay must be genealogical in nature and may include family migration patterns on their way to settling in Roane County. The essay best meeting the guidelines will be awarded the $1,000 scholarship. This is the 5th year the society has made the scholarship available to Roane County High seniors.

Applications and guidelines are available through the Guidance Counselor at Roane County High School and must be completed and returned to the Counselor by Friday, April 10, 2015. Announcement & presentation of winning essay scholarship coincides with the school’s May 2015 Awards Ceremony.

For specific questions about the Essay Scholarship, you may contact Linda Liss, Scholarship Chairperson, at WVRoots@aol.com

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General Interest : December Society Meeting to be held one Week Earlier
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/12/12 14:40:00 (489 reads)

Due to the Christmas Holiday, the December Meeting of the Roane County Historical Society will be held one week earlier. DECEMBER 18, 2014 AT 7:00 P.M. at the Roane County Library in Spencer. Mark your calendars & plan to attend. Refreshments will be served. This will be our last meeting for 2014. We do not meet during the months of January & February. The first meeting of 2015 will be March 26th. Hope to see you on the 18th................

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General Interest : November Society Meeting to be Held One Week Earlier
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/11/5 11:01:17 (497 reads)

The Roane County Historical Society, Inc. met at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 23, 2014 at the Roane County Library for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was called to order by President, Rick Greathouse, an opening prayer was led by Carol Board-Westfall and the pledge to the flag was recited by all.
Minutes from the September 2014 meeting were read by the Recording Secretary, Susan Tucker and approved as read.
Treasurer, Carol Board-Westfall, reported all bills were paid, leaving a balance of $13,883.09. The main expenditure was new shelving additions for the society’s genealogy library.
Corresponding & Membership Secretary, Linda Cottrell Liss, reported that cards had been sent where needed and that the membership now stands at 207. That total includes five new members received during the recent genealogy fair.
We note that the Fall – Vol. 22, Issue One of “The Journal” newsletter of the Society is delayed due a recent surgery and recuperation of our Editor Carol Cronin. The newsletter will be completed and mailed to you soon.
Other Reports & Business:
Carol reported that the 20th Annual Roane County Genealogy Fair on September 27th was well-attended, that everything went smoothly, fair-goers enjoyed the fellowship and maybe found new family connections, and new members were received. Next year’s 21st Annual Roane County Genealogy is scheduled for Saturday, September 26th. Put that on your calendar now!
Interviews for the “Journey into the Wild and Wonderful” county documentary videos are scheduled for October and November. Mr. Wayne Worth of Clarksburg, West Virginia is making documentary history CD’s of each county in West Virginia. When the project is completed those recordings will be made available and donated to each 8th Grade teacher for use in their West Virginia History studies. Roane County’s first interview was with Roane County historian, Mr. Denver Gandee. Other interviews are scheduled with persons knowledgeable of specific areas of Roane County history.
The Roane County Historical Society is happy to announce that it will continue to present a $1,000 scholarship to a deserving Senior student at Roane County High School. The application and guidelines for the 5th Annual Essay Scholarship will be available soon with the school’s guidance counselor.
Lastly, the Society has voted to make their genealogy library located on the lower level of the Roane County Library open during the Roane County Farmer’s Market Winter Hours days. Schedule: 2nd Fri of November, 2 & 3rd Fri. of December 2014 and 2nd Fri. of Jan., Feb. Mar. & Apr. 2015. The Winter Farmer’s Market will also be held on the lower level of the library.
Mark your calendars, the November meeting of the Roane County Historical Society will be held one week earlier due to the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thursday, November 20th will be an important meeting since society business is winding up for the year. Members are urged to attend and as always guests are welcome.
For inquiries about society activities you may contact Linda Cottrell Liss at WVRoots@aol.com

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General Interest : Society News
Posted by Linda Cottrell Liss on 2014/10/18 7:50:06 (448 reads)

Just a few lines to remind members and other interested persons that the next meeting of the Roane County Historical Society will be held on Thursday, October 23rd at 7 p.m. at the Roane County Library in Spencer. Members are urged to attend and guests are always welcome.

We are excited to announce that Roane County will be video film documented in Wayne Worth's "Journey Into the Wild & Wonderful" county film series. He is film documenting each West Virginia county to be used in 8th Grade West Virginia classrooms. An interview with county historian, Mr. Denver Gandee, has already been done & other interviews are scheduled to cover different aspects of Roane County history.

On another item of business: The Society voted unanimously to continue the Annual Essay Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Roane County High School Seniors are invited to write an essay telling their family history. Guidelines and applications will be available soon with school guidance counselors.

For further information about Society activities you may contact Linda Liss at WVRoots@aol.com

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