2015 Hidden History Photo Contest Announced

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Gospel Echoes Through Time, New Salem Baptist Church in Tams, West Virginia. 2014 Hidden History Photo Contest – Best in Show

Linda Treadway

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News Release Date: June 11, 2015

Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115

Glen Jean, West Virginia, June 10, 2015—It's time for the 2015 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, and railroad industries.

This photo contest is part of the area's annual Hidden History Weekend (September 25-27, 2015), 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:July 27, 2015. 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, https://www.nps.gov/neri/planyourvisit/hidden-history-photo-contest.htmandhttp://www.coalheritage.org.

About the National Park Service


The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage. For more information about the National Park Service, visit https://www.nps.gov.

For more information about New River Gorge National River, visit https://www.nps.gov/neri, check out the park Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, follow us on Twitter at https://Twitter.com/NewRiverNPS, or stop by any park visitor center.

About the National Coal Heritage Area

The National Coal Heritage Area encompasses 13 counties and is situated in the heart of the formidable Appalachian Mountains. As you journey through the coalfields of southern West Virginia you will pass through deep valleys, follow rushing streams and rivers, and find yourself surrounded by breathtaking scenery. For more information about the National Coal Heritage Area, visit http://www.coalheritage.org.

About Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia

Tamarack serves as an economic development project and art center for the state. Established in 1996 by the West Virginia Parkway Authority, Tamarack showcases the work of approximately 1200 juried West Virginia artisans, writers, specialty food producers, performers and visual artists. 


Last updated: June 11, 2015

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