Paul H. Rakes, associate professor of American History at WVU-Tech, will present the talk "Saloons, Liquor, and Gunplay in West Virginia's Early Coal Camps" at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center.
The program is free and open to the public.
Rakes is a third-generation coal miner of 20 years, who later earned his Ph.D. in history at West Virginia University. He recently co-authored a chapter in "Blood in the Hills: A History of Violence in Appalachia."
For planning purposes, participants are encouraged, but not required, to register for the lecture by contacting Bobby Taylor at Bobby.L.Tay...@wv.gov or at 304-558-0230, ext. 163.
Participants interested in registering by email should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session.
For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at 304-558-0230.