The Byrd Center’s director, Ray Smock, will appear on C-SPAN 3 American History TV on January 3, 2015. He was interviewed about opening day ceremonies related to four past Speakers, Tip O’Neill, Newt Gingrich, Dennis Hastert, and Nancy Pelosi. The program will air at 8 AM on Jan. 3 and will repeat at 8 PM that day. The taping occurred in the Speaker’s Lobby off the House Chamber, and he also discusses the history of the Speaker’s Lobby and the portraits in the room.
The staff at the Byrd CLS have recently started examining Senator Byrd’s large photograph collection in preparation of processing and digitizing these important records. As we delve into each box, new and exciting discoveries are made. Within the past few days, several photographs of Senator Byrd’s hometown, Stotesbury, WV have been uncovered. Located deep in the Appalachian coalfields about ten miles south of Beckley, Stotesbury was founded in the late 19th century by the E.E. White Coal Company. The town was a booming mine camp when Senator Byrd was adopted by his Uncle Titus and Aunt Vlurma Byrd in 1917. As with many coal mining towns in West Virginia, Stotesbury had company housing, a company store, and community buildings such as a recreation hall, school, and churches.
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