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History

History

Knowledge of history is a good thing...

I remember a particular history class in San Antonio Community College where the professor would walk into class, empty handed, after the bell rang, take a piece of chalk and write a detailed outline from memory. He would then return the chalk to its tray and begin telling a story. The professor paced the room, wandering aimlessly, speaking to the walls, gazing somberly out a window all the while weaving the complex ideas of his outline into a perfect story. This was a first rate story teller, the kind that wins contests. His stories were mesmerizing, fascinating, and flawlessly delivered, faithfully adhering to the outline he penned earlier; however, this was no amateur: he never, ever, looked back at his outline, but somehow followed it perfectly. The student's pens scribbled furiously, trying to keep pace with the enormity of detail intertwined with the story. Three pages of copious notes and 50 minutes later, as if perfectly rehearsed, his story would climax, the bell would ring, and the students departed, stunned by the experience. This guy knew his stuff!

On this and subsequent history pages, we try to capture some of the historical locations with Appalachian context.

The Newburne One Room School House in Spencer, WV

Robey Theater in Spencer, WV

McIntosh Mansion in Spencer, WV

The "Ice Plant" in Spencer, WV

Ruby Bradley - a WWII veteran and arguably the U.S. Army's most decorated soldier

Roane County Family Health Care - part of the (now demolished) State Mental Hospital

Veterans Museum of Mid-Ohio Valley - A page dedicated to this wonderful museum