Thank you for supporting the Byrd Center this year. In many ways, this year has been an important milestone in the story of the Byrd Center. We began the year by unveiling a new name, logo, and mission statement. The center welcomed hundreds of visitors to film screenings, our annual Constitution Day lecture, and tours of our archives. We opened new sections of the Robert C. Byrd Congressional Papers Collection in the archives. In April, we opened the new traveling exhibit Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian and initiated a two-year tour which will culminate in November 2017 at the state capitol in Charleston. Our inaugural Teacher Institute welcomed 18 educators who attended a seminar given by Charlie Flanagan, an education specialist from the Center for Legislative Archives at NARA on teaching students about the United States Constitution. In September, we took the traveling exhibit to Washington DC for a reception in the Russell Senate Office Building.
We wish you and your families the happiest of holidays and all the best in the coming year. The Byrd Center’s offices will close on Thursday, December 22, 2016 and will reopen after the holiday break on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.