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CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Dr. Karen L. Cox will present “Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture” on Tuesday, June 4, in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The program will begin at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Cox will discuss the founding generation of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) and its efforts to honor the Confederate generation and to preserve a pro-southern memory of the Civil War. Formed in 1894, the UDC helped shape the social and political culture of the South in the early 20th century.

Cox is a professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she teaches American history with a focus on the South and its culture. She has written several books and articles. Her first book, Dixie’s Daughters: The United Daughters of the Confederacy and the Preservation of Confederate Culture (University Press of Florida, 2003), won the 2004 Julia Cherry Spruill prize from the Southern Association for Women Historians. Cox is the editor of Destination Dixie: Tourism and Southern History (University Press of Florida, 2012) and authors the blog Pop South: Reflections on the South in Popular Culture. She has appeared on C-SPAN and Canadian Public Radio, and writes op-eds for The New York Times.

On June 4, the library will close at 5 p.m. and reopen at 5:45 p.m. for participants only. For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bobby Taylor, library manager, at [email protected] or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 163.

Participants interested in registering by e-mail should send their name, telephone number and the name and date of the session. For additional information, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, 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.

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