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Much of the Spring 2022 issue of GOLDENSEAL is dedicated to Pocahontas County, which is celebrating its bicentennial. Three West Virginia University Public History students contributed articles to the magazine. Elizabeth Satterfield takes us back to the timber ghost town of Spruce, Jennifer Mihal visits the historic Sharp’s Country Store at Slaty Fork, and Kristen Bailey looks at timber-related folk songs. In addition, Louise Burner tells about her ancestral home at Cass, which is now a museum and art gallery. There are poems by her family’s matriarch, Virginia Clark Burner, and by poet Kirk Judd, as well as a previously unpublished story by former state Poet Laureate Louise McNeill. This issue also includes a photo spread about Marlinton’s Pioneer Days celebration in the 1970s, and Carl E. Feather talks with Bill Young, who preserves old apple varieties in Frost, W.Va.

In addition to the Pocahontas County articles, Ivan M. Tribe and Jake Bapst examine the long country music career of Slim Lehart, known as “The Wheeling Cat.” Candy Thompson profiles Howard Teets of Rowlesburg (Preston County). Tom Zielinsky tells about Zalia, a now-abandoned brick-making community in Hancock County. Merle T. Cole looks at the history of Special Forces stationed in Beckley. Sherry Hill remembers former West Virginia State College (now University) professor Zeona Haley, the stepmother of Roots author Alex Haley. The Rev. O. Richard Bowyer recalls his time serving on the state Board of Medicine.

This issue also looks back at the 2020 and 2021 Vandalia Award recipients and the 2021 award-winning quilts and wall hangings, sponsored by the State Museum. Finally, Sara Bragg Aikin writes about the Veterans Memorial Museum of Southern West Virginia in Hinton (Summers County).

GOLDENSEAL Magazine can be purchased at the following retail outlets:

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Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County

State Museum Gift Shop, Culture Center, Charleston, Kanawha County

Taylor Books, Charleston, Kanawha County

West Virginia Market Place at Capitol Market, Charleston, Kanawha County

Appalachian Glass, Weston, Lewis County

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, Marshall County

Railroad Depot, Bramwell, Mercer County

Book Exchange, Morgantown, Monongalia County

Ruby Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Morgantown, Monongalia County

The Monroe Watchman Newspaper, Monroe County

Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County

Nicholas Chronicle Newspaper, Summersville, Nicholas County

West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, Ohio County

Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling, Ohio County

Tamarack: The Best of West Virginia, Raleigh County

Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers/Mercer County

Tygart Lake State Park, Taylor County

Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County

Galaxy Foods, Middlebourne, Tyler County

Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County

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