On Monday, April 10, 2017, the Byrd Center opened its traveling exhibit Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian in the atrium of the John Deaver Drinko Library at Marshall University. Located in Huntington, West Virginia’s second-largest city, the modern facilities at the Drinko Library provided an exceptional setting for the exhibit. From the windows in the atrium, passersby can spot the exhibit as they walk across the campus.
The trip to Marshall University marked our fourteenth stop on the tour of the exhibit. As with so many of the places we've visited over the past year, there were many ties to Senator Byrd's life and career at our destination. As Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Byrd secured federal dollars that helped to build the university's biotechnology science center and advanced flexible manufacturing institute as well as other programs and campus improvements.
We thank Dr. Monica Brooks, Associate Vice President of Libraries and Online Learning at the J. Deaver Drinko Library for hosting our visit to Marshall University. In addition to the library, we received support from the Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing and the Huntington Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Byrd Exhibit will be on display in the Drinko Library until Monday, May 15, 2017.