RILEY - The West Virginia Humanities Council traveling exhibit, The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud, spent much of 2015 touring southern West Virginia. Jackson County residents will have an opportunity to see the exhibit during its display at the Jackson County Public Library located at 208 North Church Street in Ripley, March 7 through April 9.
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 2015 at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center. “The Humanities Council has created our traveling exhibits in collaboration with graphic arts students at West Virginia University, so they get first crack at showing them off,” according to Humanities Council program officer Mark Payne.
Since previewing in Morgantown the exhibit has traveled to Williamson, Bramwell, Athens, Matewan, Logan, and Huntington as well as Pikeville and Ashland, Kentucky. “Considering the special nature of the story, we had interest from venues in Kentucky and decided to share this one across the state line, which is not something we typically do,” Payne said.
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 Ripley call the Jackson County Public Library at 304-304-372-5343.