Labor historian Fred Barkey will present "The Socialist Party in West Virginia" Tuesday in the Archives and History library at the Culture Center.
The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
The first local branch of the West Virginia Socialist Party was established in Wheeling in 1901 and by 1914 several thousand West Virginians were dues-paying members of local branches. By 1910 local Socialists began to elect candidates to office and more than 15,000 West Virginia voters cast their ballots for Socialist presidential candidate Eugene Debs in 1912.
Barkey is the author of "Cinder Heads in the Hills: The Belgian Window Glass Workers of West Virginia" (1988) and "Working Class Radicals: The Socialist Party in West Virginia, 1898-1920" (2012).
On Tuesday, the library will close at 5 p.m., and reopen at 5:45. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend.To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of archives and history, by email at bryan.e.w...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 723. Participants interested in registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.