The Byrd Center works every day in partnership with its home institution, Shepherd University. As a hub of classes and events for the campus, we work closely with departments of the university, with faculty and students, and receive support from the administration and campus auxiliary services.
Shepherd University's Lifelong Learning Program are vital supporters for the Byrd Center who play a major role in our community outreach for our programs. The Lifelong Learning Program holds classes and public events in our building and many of its members support us as Friends of the Byrd Center.
The West Virginia Humanities Council is a vital partner in expanding the reach of the Byrd Center's programs across West Virginia through grants supporting our traveling exhibit Robert C. Byrd: Senator, Statesman, West Virginian and our Teacher Institute Program, enabling the center to offer scholarships to teachers who participate.
The Shepherd University Foundation is the Byrd Center's fiduciary manager, providing myriad services from payroll and tax processing to fundraising and development advice and grant support. The Foundation also provides the daily tracking of our annual giving society, the Friends of the Byrd Center.
Each year, the Byrd Center works closely with the National Archives and Records Administration, especially its Center for Legislative Archives, to provide access to priceless historical resources and the tools to employ them in the classroom for civic education through our Teacher Institute and Government and Deliberation Initiative.
In 2003, the Association of Centers for the Study of Congress was founded at the Byrd Center. Ever since, our staff have been integrally involved in this national consortium of congressional archives and contributes to collaborative projects with them. The Byrd Center's work is spotlighted nationally through the ACSC.
The Byrd Center advances representative democracy by promoting a better understanding of the United States Congress and the Constitution through programs and research that engage citizens.
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