Since its debut one year ago this month at Shepherd University, the traveling exhibit Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian has been on display at fifteen different locations across West Virginia and Washington DC. Around the state, we've visited thirteen towns and cities in eleven different counties. The most recent stop on this tour is West Virginia University Medicine’s United Hospital Center, located in the north-central region of the state at Bridgeport in Harrison County.
After wrapping our early-summer showings of the exhibit at Parkersburg and Beckley, the traveling exhibit returned to the Byrd Center in Shepherdstown for a few weeks before embarking to Bluefield, located at the southern edge of West Virginia along its border with Virginia. The journey to Bluefield takes one through the picturesque peaks of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountain ranges and the city, long-branded as "nature's air conditioned city" is situated in a scenic valley.
Following the debut of the traveling exhibit as part of the Allied Art Festival in Parkersburg, West Virginia, we packed up the second copy of the exhibit for our first trip into the southern region of the state. On Friday, June 10, the exhibit opened during a reception at the Tamarack Conference Center in Beckley, West Virginia.