CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Randy Marcum, historian for Archives and History, will present “Death Records: The Final Act” at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, in the Archives Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Marcum will use several Archives and History collections including records from the Department of Mines, Ball Funeral Home in Williamson, W.Va., and the Board of Funeral Home Examiners, to provide insight into the documentation that marks the end of life. He also will use these collections to show the role that funeral directors play in the final care of the deceased and the documentation that is required by the state of West Virginia.

A graduate of the University of Rio Grande, Rio Grande, Ohio, Marcum has lived most of his life in West Virginia. His family has lived in the Tug River valley since the early 1800s. Before becoming a historian for Archives and History, Marcum worked for the Records Management Preservation Board on the deed book preservation project. He also assists with the preservation cataloging of the Mountain State Railroad and Logging Association collections at Archives and History.

For planning purposes, participants are encouraged to register for the lecture, but advance registration is not required to attend. To register in advance, contact Bryan Ward, assistant director of archives and history, by e-mail at or at (304) 558-0230, ext. 723.

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 The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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