Invitation: 1930s Living History Reenactors

Arthurdale Heritage and the New Deal Festival planning committee would like to invite living history hobbyists and reenactors to dress up in their 1930s “Sunday best” and come out to the New Deal Festival in Arthurdale, WV on July 10, 2010.

We’re looking for any New Deal era impression you might be interested in portraying.  Arthurdale was the first New Deal Homestead community in the nation and home to farmers, craftspeople, builders, factory workers, miners and more.  As a federal project, there were also federal employees, teachers, and planners. It was also visited often by politicians and reporters because of its connection to the New Deal legislation.  Not to be forgotten are the families – mothers, fathers, children, grandparents and grandchildren.  This is a unique opportunity for a peacetime impression from a unique period of our history!

We hope that you can come to Arthurdale, July 10 and help us celebrate the New Deal.  If you are interested or have questions, please let us know!

Upcoming Events: Farm Stand, Blacksmith Demo, New Deal Lecture

We only have a couple of weeks left in August, but we wanted to make sure you were up-to-date with what we have planned for next month.  Visit our Calendar of Events for a glimpse of the events we have planned for the fall.  We’re adding to the calendar all the time, too, so check back!

If you don’t see something listed that we have overlooked, let us know.

September 2009

September 5 – Arthurdale Farm Stand – 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

September 12

September 15 – New Deal Lecture Series: Rob Whetsell, The Civilian Conservation Corps in West Virginia

September 19 – Arthurdale Farm Stand – 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

September 26 – Arthurdale Farm Stand – 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

Tour Arthurdale

Don’t forget, you can get guided tours of the Arthurdale Museum, Forge, Service Station and E-15 Homestead every Tuesday-Sunday from Noon-3:00 pm. We also have maps available for a self-guided driving tour of Arthurdale.  The maps are available 24 hours a day at the Visitors Center.

New Deal Lecture Series

Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. is pleased to announce its 2009 New Deal Lecture Series. The series will take place at 7:00 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month from May through October 2009 at the New Deal Homestead Museum in Arthurdale. The lectures will cover a variety of topics related to projects and events that took place in West Virginia during the 1930s.

Amanda Griffith Penix presented the first lecture in May about the New Deal Homestead Community program.  Melissa May presented the second lecture in June about the Post Office Murals in West Virginia.

The July lecture will be given on July 28 by Larry Sypolt about the Legacy of the New Deal.  What is the continuing legacy of the New Deal? Learn more about the history of the New Deal agencies and how they have influenced the generations since the 1930s. Larry Sypolt will discuss the three phases of the New Deal and each phase’s specific goal. Sypolt will address the role the New Deal policies played in getting the country back on its feet in the 1930s and how these policies shaped safeguards and securities we have today. ** Please note that this lecture will be held on the fourth Tuesday of the month instead of the third.**

The August lecture will be given by Dr. Chris Wilkinson on August 18 and will address Big Band Jazz in Black West Virginia: 1930-1942.  Dr. Wilkinson will discuss the ways in which big-band jazz and dance music constituted an essential element of life in black West Virginia. Learn about the role of both radio and the press in connecting people of this region of rural America with a musical culture created primarily in the nation’s northern cities. Enjoy recorded examples of music by various national bands that probably figured in the program of one dance or another in the Mountain State and why this music was so important to African-American Mountaineers during the 1930s.

The lecture series will continue through October as follows:

  • September 15 – Rob Whetsell, The Civilian Conservation Corps in West Virginia
  • October 20 – Mark Crabtree, New Deal Photography

This project is being presented by Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. with financial assistance from the West Virginia Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the lecture series do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For additional information contact Arthurdale Heritage, Inc. at 304-864-3959 or email