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Emancipating West Virginia

The 2013 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities

July 23, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

This October, the West Virginia Humanities Council will welcome one of the nation’s leading Abraham Lincoln scholars to Charleston, WV for the 2013 McCreight Lecture in the Humanities. Harold Holzer will present “Emancipating West Virginia: Abe Lincoln Creates a State,” at the state Culture Center on October 17, 2013. Holzer’s lecture is one of many Civil War and Statehood Sesquicentennial programs delivered by WVHC over the past four years.

Harold Holzer is Chairman of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Foundation, official successor organization of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, which he co-chaired for nine years, appointed by President Bill Clinton. In 2008 Holzer was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President George W. Bush. He recently served as script consultant for Steven Spielberg’s 2012 film, Lincoln.

Holzer is the author, co-author, or editor of more than 40 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, most recently 1863: Lincoln’s Pivotal Year (2013), Lincoln: How Abraham Lincoln Ended Slavery in America (2012), the official young adult companion book for the Spielberg film, and The Civil War in 50 Objects, a volume that tells the story of the war through the collections of the New York Historical Society, for which he serves as the Roger Hertog Fellow.

The annual McCreight Lecture is a program of the West Virginia Humanities Council and was established in honor of founding board of directors’ member Betsy Keadle McCreight, who passed away in 1985.

For more information on the founding of the state of West Virigina, please visit e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia.