Darlene Bolyard: Executive Director
Executive director, Darlene Bolyard, was born and raised in Arthurdale. She received a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from West Virginia University and a Masters of Business Administration from Emory University. After a successful career in brand management for Chattam Consumer Products and the Kellogg Corporation, she founded Things Gone By, Inc.; an international business specializing in European Antiques and Decorative Arts. Her involvement in Arthurdale Heritage started when she moved back to Arthurdale in the late 1990's. She was a passionate volunteer, served as Treasurer on the Board of Directors, and became Exectuvie Director in 2017.
Elizabeth Satterfield: Curator and Director of Education
Originally from Independence, WV, Elizabeth Satterfield has always loved West Virginia history and is passionate about preserving it for future generations. She received a dual Master's in Public History and Public Administration from WVU in 2021. As our Curator and Director of Education, Elizabeth is working to digitize our archives and expand our educational programs. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys spending time outdoors and working on her family's small farm. If you would like to inquire about our educational offerings or make a donation to the museum, please contact Elizabeth.
Rachel Harper: Arts Programs and Craft Shop Manager
Rachel Harper grew up in Parkersburg, WV, with a passion for creating art. She studied Painting and Drawing at Marietta College and received her Master's in Art History and Museum Studies from Ohio University in 2019, where she focused her research on community-based arts organizations. As our Director of Arts Programs, Rachel is working to expand our arts programming and bring in new artworks and products by WV artisans and makers to our Craft Shop. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, writing, and creating art. She is currently illustrating a children's book using water colors, pen and ink, and collage techniques. If you would like to sell items in the craft shop, teach a class, or otherwise partner with us, please contact Rachel.
Claire Tryon: AFNHA AmeriCorps Member
AmeriCorps member Claire Tryon is originally from Martinsburg, WV, and received her undergraduate degree from Shepherdstown University. IIn addition to being an AmeriCorps at Arthurdale, she is pursuing her Master's Degree in Public History at WVU where her scholarship focuses on women's and Appalachian history. As an AmeriCorps member Claire is looking to expand Arthurdale's digital history projects. She also loves her dog, Bailey, and enjoys kayaking and baking.
Kendyl Bostic: AFNHA AmeriCorps Member
AmeriCorps member Kendyl Bostic is from Charleston, WV. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona with majors in Global Studies, French, and Arabic. She is excited to be back in West Virginia and working in historic preservation and community development here. Kendyl is also very interested in education and is working with Elizabeth to develop our programs. In her free time, Kendyl enjoys hiking and traveling around West Virginia, which she writes about on her personal blog.
Emily Curtin: PAWV AmeriCorps Member
Emily grew up in Morgantown, WV. As a lifetime resident of the Mountain State, she has a deep love and appreciation for all things Appalachia. Emily received her undergraduate degree from WVU and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in the Public History Department. As an AmeriCorps member, Emily is really looking forward to working with the Arthurdale community on exciting new projects including the historic preservation trades program. In her free time, Emily likes to read, play with her pets, and dabble in the arts.
Lucas Blankenship: Summer Intern
Originally from Ripley, WV, Lucas Blankenship is an Intern at Arthurdale. He is also a graduate student at West Virginia University pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration along with a certificate in Cultural Resource Management. Lucas has always had a love of history and is excited to follow that passion to Arthurdale. Outside of work and school, he enjoys going out with friends, reading, road trips, and spending time with his dog Marty.
Shelby is the office dog who is very good at greeting people and testing the treats we sell in our craft shop. Keep an eye out for Shelby when you stop by Arthurdale!