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8J -Juin- 20,1976 Sunday 6't -Charlfit'on. Wtjt VlrtfnU % k Current State Flag With Us Since 1929 West Virginia's state flag has been with us only since 1929. Nearly 30 other versions preceded it, according to the previous research of the State Department of Archives and History. The state has had a flag since its first year of statehood but those used up until 1929 were too expensive or impractical to last. The firsi flag was approved by the legislature In 1864 and designated to carry the names of battles fought by the Fourth Regiment, West Virginia Volunteer Infantry. These were Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 13, 1862; Vicksburg. Miss., May 19 and 22, 1863: Jackson. Miss,, July 9 and 12,1863, and Mission Ridge. Nov. 25,1863. From then until the end of the Civil War, flags were presented to each of the 26 West Virginia regiments. All were similar. They were dark blue silk with gold fringe. On one side was the state seal and the regiment's name and battles and on the other side was the national emblem, the spread eagle, and national motto, "E Pluribibus Unum." West Virginia commissioners at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in 1904 found it necessary to create and use a state flag to designate the West Virginia building. They recommended the design tie adopted by the legislature and it was done in February 1905. . The flag was white with a sprig of rhododendron maximum on one side and on the reverse-side were the state coat of arms and motto. The white was bordered by blue and this in turn was surrounded by a strip or fringe of red. The design soon was discovered to be impractical because lettering on one side read toward the staff and colors on both sides cause them to show through. To correct these problems and to have a flag for use at the Jamestown Exposition, the legislature approved yet another state flag in February 1907. This called for a white flag with the state seal on one side with "State of West Virginia" under it. On the other side was to be sprigs of rhodendron maximum. The white was to be bordered by blue and the blue bordered by a strip or fringe of gold. The state flag we know today is, by law, to be white and carry, in color, the state coat of arms. The coat of arms shows a farmer and miner standing beside a large ivy-draped rock on which is written the date of West Virginia's admission to the Union. In front of the rock are two hunters' rifles upon which rests a Phygian cap, or Cap of Liberty. The coat of arms, the same as the state seal, was designed to symbolize the main occupational pursuits and resources of the state. It also bears the motto, "Montani Semper Liberi," "Mountaineers are always free." BICENTENNIAL 1776-1976. 1 * 1 YIA* * * 1 YEAR * OUR 1ST YEAR REAL ESTATE SERVICE IN THE KANAWHA VALLEY "WE GET THINGS DONE" SHAMROCK . 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When contemplating a business transaction, read and think about these firms which ore listed according to the number of years they hove been o part of their community's life. 1 YEAR LeBOLT'S MATERNITY FASHIONS EVERYTHING FOR THE LADY IN WAITING Scott Depot 755-4059 1ST YEAR SERVING YOU :l COOPER CANOES 2511 MYERS AVE. DUNBAR, W. VA. 768-4817 or 768-9113 "SALES RENTALS" FEATURING . . . "BLUE HOLE CANOES" DON'T STASH IT CASH IT IN THE WANT ADS They say everything hai Its place and there's Â« place for everything. Right? But what happens when you run out of places? When "everything begins to fill up the attic and the basement, and piles up where you used to park your "here Is one solution to the problem that makes a lot of sense, and dollars, too. The answer Is In the Classified pages of your newspaper. Here Is the great merchandising mart for your stored Items which are still serviceable and of ve^ie to someone. A call to our Classified department will put you In touch with "wgwM ** Vlsor. She will help you compose a low-cost Want Ad for any or all of your excess articles. J _. You will be surprised how many eager buyen will read your ad. They scan Classified constantly for Just such bargain opportunities. Take Inventory and then make that "Cash It In" call. Phone 348-4848 CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING DEPARTMENT Gazette-Mail - v , , DON'T STASH |T One of Several Library Facilities in Cultural Center This Will Supplement Libraries Throughout the State Schools, Artists of All Types Stand To Benefit From New Cultural Center By Richard Grimes West Virginia has lost many of its good artists to the big cities because they need a place to properly display and sell their works. Â»-The state's new Science and Cultural Center can fill that need by implementing a proper forum from which artists and sculptors can display their works. Out-of- state buyers will be invited -- if not drawn -- to the center for regular viewings. There is a misconception that culture belongs to the elite, to those who can afford to pay the price. Yet, there is a need for cultural experience at all levels. Â»-The state's new Science and Cultural Center can fill that need by opening up its theater facilities -- among the best anywhere -- to performers of all kinds; to poets; to amateur and professional enthusiasts of the performing arts for workshops; to high schools; to colleges. For decades, West Virginians have focused their attention on what was going on elsewhere in cultural growth. Yet, at home there has been an increasing awareness of the performing arts that needs even more recognition. *-The state's new Science and Cultural Center can fill that need. Its focus, says Norman Fagan, head of Arts and Humanities for the state, will be West Virginia. "We won't be competing with other mu- ' seums or other theaters. We'll be supplementing them," he said. "We hope the center will be the catalyst for the sale of artists' works. We hope it will be the catalyst to heighten the careers of our best performers." The performing arts portion of the facility is centered around a small but well- built theater with about 500 seats and near perfect accoustics. The stage, which is almost as large as the theater, can raise and lower at various points, giving statewide theater groups some of the technical advantages they might find if performing at the Metropolitan Opera in New York's Lincoln Center. FAGAN TALKED of his plans to invite each college to the center for its own weekend during which time it can display its various kinds of art and performing arts. High schools will be invited to perform the best of their works. He would like to see a festival of church music, choral workshops, recital's and exposure for poets. Fagan noted that some university musicians prepare a whole year for a recital that only 30 people will hear. He looks to the time when they also can perform their works at the Cultural Center to larger audiences. He said the center isn't planning to bring big name performers to the center from out-of-state, unless there is a tie-in to West Virginia. For example, should a composer write a score about West Virginia, the mountains or something associated with state folklore, he might be invited here to perform his works. Or, if there is a workshop on choral singing, the stale might bring in a big name director to help in the project. The idea will be to show what West Virginians can do, rather than show West Virginians what other people can do. "Within good taste, and always with an eye for the best quality, we want to display everything that in any way can be interpreted as the arts," Fagan said. * * * THERE WILL BE no admission and seats for events will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The exception will be for large groups coming to the center from a distant county. In those instances, seats will be reserved. "We are equipped for all technical problems that might arise with any kind of performing arts," boasts Fagan. It is his hope to someday have a state arts festival at the center. He explained that an artist, whether it be painting, print, sculpture, or other, needs to have his work displayed in a good setting where people will see it. Besides having a shop where artists can sell their paintings, carvings or whatever, there will be frequent exhibits with everybody getting an equal chance for display. The state, he said, will go out of its way to bring in art buyers, touring groups, critics and others. Fagan said the center -- in his estimation and in the estimation of arts officials from elsewhere in the nation who have visited it so far -- is spectacular enough to draw national attention once it is in operation. + * * FAGAN SAID he would like to display the work of young schoolchivdren, noing that there is considerable talent in public schools that goes undeveloped or underdeveloped. The center will try to help in this regard, in conjunction with the school system. There is surprisingly good work done in many of the state's institutions, he said. On occasions, the center will display the works of those in mental hospitals, in homes for the elderly, in prisons. No one, said Fagan, will be excluded if they have something worthwhile to show, "What is more," he says, "We're open to suggestions. In a field like this, there are always new creations. We .want the rest of the state to know about them." Capital May Need 200 Years To Recover From Festivities WASHINGTON - The nation's capital may need another 200 years to recover from the Bicentennial events scheduled for the July Fourth weekend. Official estimates of the crowds expected to attend a parade, 20,000-rocket fireworks display and various musical and cultural programs are running as high as 1.5 million -- nearly one million on the Fourth alone -- assuring the biggest crowd Washington has ever seen. Visitors who overcome the many problems of man- uevering about the city, however, should find a packed weekend of holiday activities well, worth the time spent getting to them. By Jeff Ristine Knight /Veil's Wire than 235 years, is responsible for the 1200,000 show. It is being funded and promoted by "Happy Birthday, USA", a nonprofit group organized by businessmen and civic leaders. The group says good areas to view the fireworks, which will be launched from two sites beginning at dusk, are the hillside of the Washington Monument, around the Tidal Basin area, or anywhere along the Mall area and the Potomac River, including the Virginia side. The display will be preceded by a three- hour musical program and an address from Vice President Nelson Rockefeller. THE MAIN attraction July Fourth will be a flamboyant carefully-orchestrated fireworks display which promoters are billing as the largest in U.S. history. The one-hour program, using over 20,000 aerial shells and ground-level devices, is designed to be a light-and-sound representation of America from the earliest exploration through the Revolutionary War and to the space age. Viewers may have to strain their imaginations to follow the story -- the westward expansion, for example, will be symbolized by rolling wheels -- but the pyrotechnics promise to be much more sophisticated than the standard, disconnected series of rockets and noisemakers typifying most fireworks displays. Establissments Ruggieri, a French firm that has manufactured fireworks for more "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" also is sponsoring a more down-to-earth event on July 3rd - a parade along Constitution Avenue NW, again paying tribute to moments in American history. Headed by Vice President and Mrs. Rockefeller, the parade's 20- to 50-foot floats will divide the last 200 years into eight 25-year segments honoring, among other things, the ages of railroad expansion and late 19th century immigration. Tickets for special grandstand seats along the parade route are already on sale. Their prices range from $4.25 to a hefty $15, but any curbside point along Constitution between 3rd and 14th streets NW should offer a good, free view. The 2V4 hour parade kicks off at 11 a.m. * * * IF, AS Parade Director Marty Walsh says, the parade emphasizes "the positive side of our country," the Fourth of July "March on the Capital" planned by the People's Bicentennial Committee (PBC) may very well take the opposite approach. PBC founder Jeremy Rifkin expects up to 250,000 persons, mostly young, will join his march at 10 a.m. from East Potomac Park to the front steps of the Capitol to hear such left-of-center speakers as California Democratic senatorial candidate Tom Hayden and his wife, Jane Fonda, environmentalist Barry Commoner, Dr. Benjamin Spock, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Rubin "Hurricane" Carter and others. PBC has already plastered Washington construction sites with posters urging Americans to "declare your independence from big business." the group's primary theme. WHILE NOT strictly a Bicentennial event, Washington visitors will almost certainly want to take a side trip to the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, on the Mall near the Lincoln Memorial. Highlights during the holiday weekend will include Black American religious music concerts, a Haitian voodoo ceremony, a fiddler's convention, polish bagpipers, folk music and French music. Also at the 12-week festival that weekend, construction workers will demonstrate how houses are built and passersby can taste barbecued buffalo meat courtesy of a Native Americans exhibit. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day on the holiday weekend, including Monday the 5th, with two concerts beginning at 6 p.m. (4 P.M. on the 4th). 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