W.Va. – Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will put the
spotlight on the centennial of the United States’ entry into World War I with a
documentary film titled Secret Tunnel Warfare and a lecture about
recent discoveries that are providing a better understanding of the “war to end
all wars.” The complex also will present a variety of art-themed activities for
the entire family this April, including the continuation of the Marshall County
Student Art Show and the extension of the featured artist exhibit, a new
display created by students from Moundsville Middle School and another craft
project at the Discovery Table. All events are free and open to the public.
which follows historians and archaeologists as they investigate a network of
secret tunnels excavated by the Allies underneath the German trenches, will
be shown at 1 and 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8, as part of the Second Saturday film
series. The tunnels were used to detonate explosives under the German troops in
an effort to gain an advantage in the brutal trench warfare of the time.
Construction of the tunnels was harrowing work, with tunnelers at constant risk
from flooding, cave-ins and enemy digging teams. The one-hour documentary is
part of the NOVA series produced by the Public Broadcasting Service.
D. Lutton, curator at Grave Creek Mound, will present the final World War I
program, the lecture “Beneath the Poppies and Crosses: What Archaeology Reveals
about the First World War” at 7 p.m., Thursday, April 27. The talk will examine
new information, including forensic evidence, that is transforming our
knowledge of how individual soldiers lived and died a century ago.
registered professional archaeologist, Lutton specializes in historical
archaeology, particularly urban sites of the 18th and early 19th centuries. He
served as a project archaeologist with the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
before coming to Grave Creek one year ago. He has had a lifelong fascination
with World War I and is particularly drawn to learning how individuals
experienced the war, as described in first-person accounts by participants such
as aviators, ambulance drivers, physicians and nurses.
buffs can see the 35th Annual Marshall County Student Art Show through
Saturday, April 8. The competitive exhibition of drawings, paintings,
photographs, mixed media, sculpture and more was created by the county’s middle
and high school students.
April 22 through May 18, patrons can view An Artistic Observation of Adena
Indian History. Students from Moundsville Middle School’s advanced art
class, guided by teacher Joy Van Scyoc, have created prehistoric-themed artwork
based on artifacts on display at the mound.
Valley Historic Figures, last
month’s Featured Artist Exhibit by Alan Fitzpatrick of Wheeling, has been
extended through April 22. His portraits of 18th-century Native Americans who
lived in the Ohio Valley recreate the faces and emotions of people whom history
has largely forgotten.
museum’s Discovery Table invites visitors to make their own masterpiece using
the paper and art supplies available throughout the month.
can tour the newest exhibits, The Buried Past: Artifacts from West
Virginia’s Wild, Wonderful History, which showcases a series of West
Virginia archaeological sites selected from the curation facility, and Prehistoric
West Virginia, which features casts of some of the large Ice Age animals
that once roamed West Virginia and an eight-foot tall fossilized mammoth leg,
courtesy of Prehistoric Planet.
Operated by the
West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological
Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena
people between 250 - 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary
mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona
Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and
the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia
Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum,
located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday
through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30
p.m., and may be closed all day during inclement weather.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the Office of
Secretary of Education and the Arts, Gayle Manchin, cabinet secretary. The
division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past,
present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and
history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information
about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture
and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.