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Mount Hope-hosts Smithsonian Museum

April 22 - May 30

Harmony for Hope, in coordination with the Coal Heritage Authority, and sponsored by the West Virginia Humanities Council, will host the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America” at the Mountainair Hotel from April 22 to May 30.

Mount Hope was one of six West Virginia towns chosen to host the Smithsonian in 2022 because of its status as a Gateway Community to the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve, as well as the town’s topic for the exhibition.

The current schedule of events for the Smithsonian Museum is as follows:

• April 22 — Opening day ceremony

• April 23 — Ramp dinner and craft fair

• April 24 — Oh Deep in My Heart, Mountain of Hope Organization, Tamarack

• May 14 — A March Through Time, Woodrow Wilson auditorium, Mount Hope Regional Band, New River Youth Symphony, and Charleston Metro Band

• Date TBD — Fireside Chat, Starting Your Own Business, Jim Pajarillo, Williamson, Tug Valley CVB; Gabe Peña, former Fayette County resource coordinator; Matt Watts, Hope Community Development Corporation, with two more speakers pending invitation acceptance.

• May 24 — Harmony’s Kids, Meet the Author: Melanie Seiler Hames of Active Southern WV

• Date TBD — Harmony’s Kids, Meet the Author: Tracy Kinkaid

• Date TBD — Harmony’s Kids, Meet the Author, (tentative scheduling) Drema Denver

• Date TBD — Haunted Beckley, An Evening with the Departed -, tour

• May 28 — MoHO annual scholarship picnic

• May 30 — Memorial Day parade, closeout of event.

Historic walks will be offered during the time.

According to HFH, Smithsonian Exhibition partnering organizations, along with the City of Mount Hope, including National Park Service, Glen Jean; Preservation Alliance of West Virginia AmeriCorps, New River Gorge Regional Development Authority, Marshall University – The Clio Foundation; West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office, Mount Hope Historic Landmarks Commission, West Virginia Humanities Council, West Virginia Department of Arts Culture & History – Archive Department, The Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation, Volunteer WV, Pendleton Community Bank, Mountain of Hope Organization, WV HIVE, Active Southern West Virginia, West Virginia Explorer, The Raleigh County Playhouse and Theater, The Mount Hope Lions Club and WV Public Broadcast.


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May 30


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