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2014 Hidden History Photo Contest Announced

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National Bank of Thurmond, Best in Show, 2013 Hidden History Photo Contes
Leah Perkowski-Sisk

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News Release Date: July 24, 2014
Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, West Virginia, July 23, 2014— It's time for the 2014 Hidden History Photo Contest, where we can reveal the rich cultural heritage of this area through photography. Anyone can capture such stories of the past with a creative eye and a camera, sharing the diverse history preserved in southern West Virginia's National and State Parks, the National Coal Heritage Area, as well as in our own back yards. Each image will reveal a glimpse of our culture, ranging from the traditions of a family to the national legacy of coal, timber, or railroad industries.

This photo contest is part of the area's annual Hidden History Weekend (September 26-28, 2014), which highlights the cultural significance of this region for visitors and locals alike. The winning contest entries will be displayed online and at several public locations in September, including National Park Service and National Coal Heritage Area visitor centers and Tamarack. There will be other prizes too.

Photo entry deadline: Tuesday, August 19, 2014. This contest is open to West Virginia amateur photographers, adult and youth. Photographs can be entered in several history-based subject categories and must be taken within a specified contest area. Complete rules and entry forms are found at the New River Gorge National River and National Coal Heritage Area websites, http://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/hidden-history-photo-contest.htm and http://www.coalheritage.org.

Did You Know?

AMTRAK train at Thurmond, WV

You can "catch a train" to visit the park! The AMTRAK Cardinal travels through New River Gorge on its route from New York, NY to Chicago, IL.