By Ray Smock
The Byrd Center was proud to have the traveling exhibit on the life of Senator Byrd on display in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill during the week of Sept. 19-23. The highlight of this week was a reception for former staff members of Senator Byrd, members of the House and Senate and current staff of West Virginia’s congressional delegation and other friends and colleagues of the Byrd Center.
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.