Hidden History Photo Contest

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2013 Hidden History Photo Contest Best in Show:  National Bank of Thurmond by Leah Perkowski-Sisk

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News Release Date: September 25, 2013

Contact: Robin Snyder, 304-640-0724

Glen Jean, West Virginia,September 25, 2013— Celebrate local heritage through the art of photographyas part of the annual Hidden History Weekend. Sponsored by a partnership between the New River Gorge National River and The Coal Heritage Area, the photography contest provided an opportunity for local amateur photographers and students to capture elements of southern West Virginia's hidden and not so hidden history. Contestants submitted seventy-two photographs that provided a window to the rich stories of the past in categories that included historic objects, historic structures, historic landscapes, historic landmarks, and creative interpretation. 

To kick off Hidden History Weekend, the photographs will be on display at the Canyon Rim Visitor Center in Lansing; the Sandstone Visitor Center in Sandstone; the Thurmond Visitor Center in Thurmond; and the Coal Heritage Trail Interpretive Center at the Bramwell Train Depot in Bramwell. The photographs will be exhibited September 27th– October 30th. Please note that the photos displayed at Thurmond Depot during Hidden History Weekend will be moved to the New River Gorge National Park Headquarters in Glen Jean for October. The 1stplace photographs in each category will be displayed at Tamarack in the vestibule directly across from the David L. Dickirson Fine Art Gallery beginning September 30thand through the month of October. Visit any of these locations to view images of coal and railroad history, state park landmarks, churches, towns and more.   

For a full Hidden History Weekend event schedule for visit any of these websites:https://www.nps.gov/neri,www.coalheritage.org,www.wvstateparks.com, and www.tamarackwv.com. All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Wear comfortable walking or hiking shoes for all guided hikes. Water, snacks, camera and binoculars are other useful tools to bring along. Check out the National Park Service Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/newrivergorgenps, follow us on Twitter at https://Twitter.com/NewRiverNPS, or stop by any park visitor center.

Last updated: February 26, 2015

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