From the late-summer through the fall of 2016, the traveling exhibit was featured at venues across southeastern West Virginia, including Bluefield State College, the Greenbrier Valley Convention and Visitor's Bureau, and Concord University. As the year drew to a close, we moved the exhibit to its final venue for 2016, visiting the north-central region of the state for the first time.
The reception was sponsored by our friends at the West Virginia and Regional History Center, which is housed in WVU's Downtown Library. The placement of the exhibit was particularly appropriate in the gallery named for Senator Byrd's longtime colleague, Senator John D. "Jay" Rockefeller IV.
We were especially grateful to welcome several important guests at the reception. President of WVU, Gordon Gee, reminisced on Senator Byrd's remarkable career and his impact on the university, including the school's Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center. We also welcomed President Emeritus of WVU, David Hardesty, Jr., who served as the university's president from 1995-2007 and who was a close friend to Senator and Mrs. Byrd. Also in attendance was Johnny Moore, President of Pierpont Technical and Community College in Fairmont, WV, which will host the traveling exhibit in early 2017.