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Contact: Jodi French-Burr, 304-574-2115Glen Jean, West Virginia — Celebrate southern West Virginia’s hidden and not-so-hidden history at this week’s Ninth Annual Hidden History Weekend, September 22 – 24, 2017. This free event celebrates the wonders of Appalachian heritage, the rich sites and stories of our area’s diverse history. This week’s public programs will take place at New River Gorge National River, the National Coal Heritage Area, Hinton Historic District, and the West Virginia state parks of Babcock, Hawks Nest, Pipestem Resort, and Twin Falls Resort.
Event programs include guided hikes and walking tours to historic sites and communities, living history performances, storytelling, music, a photo exhibit, and more. Spend just a bit of time exploring history or the entire weekend discovering details of area heritage. Even lend a helping hand to history by volunteering to help spruce up the historic site of Nuttallburg for National Public Lands Day. All programs are FREE unless otherwise noted. Two programs do require advanced reservations. Wear comfortable shoes for all guided hikes. Water, snacks and a camera are other useful tools to bring along. The 2017 Hidden History Weekend event schedule is available online athttp://www.nps.gov/neri/
Find out more about area heritage: www.nps.gov/neri, www.coalheritage.org, www.wvstateparks.com, www.exploresummerscounty.com, and www.tamarackwv.com. You can also find updates on the New River Gorge National River’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/