MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. – Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville announces programs and events for April. Throughout the month, visitors can enjoy activities such as Pendulum Painting and Featured Artist of the Month exhibits, Art with Gravity program, a craft activity at the museum’s Discovery Table, films and a lecture. All programs are free and open to the public.
Schedule of April Programs:
Wednesday, April 18 – Saturday, May 12 – “Pendulum Painting” exhibit, artwork of students from Moundsville Middle School.
Saturday, April 21, Noon – 2 p.m. – “Art with Gravity,” Moundsville Middle School art teacher Joy VanScyoc will demonstrate the technique used to create the artwork featured in the “Pendulum Painting” exhibit.
Thursday, April 26, 7 p.m. – Lecture and Film Series, “Baltimore and Ohio Railroad River Crossings: A Tale of Three Bridges,” Daniel Frizzi of the Great Stone Viaduct Historical Education Society covers three railroad bridges that connected West Virginia’s Northern Panhandle with Ohio and places out west.
Available all month during museum hours, Discovery Table, “Sunflower Seed Planting,” Plant sunflower seeds from the museum’s Interpretive Garden in yogurt cups to take home.
Exhibit available all month, Featured Artist of the Month – Donna Hall of Wheeling. Born in Grafton, she has been drawing since she was a child. Hall has won multiple awards, including those from the Steubenville Art Association Spring Show, and belongs to the Marshall County Fine Arts Guild, Artworks Around Town and the West Virginia Watercolor Society.
For more information about activities and programs at Grave Creek Mound, contact Andrea Keller, cultural program coordinator, at (304) 843-4128 or [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/gravecreekmound and www.twitter.com/gravecreekmound.
Visitors can also tour the complex’s many exhibits, including The Buried Past: Artifacts from West Virginia’s Wild, Wonderful History, which showcases a series of West Virginia archaeological sites selected from the curation facility, and Prehistoric West Virginia, which features casts of some of the large Ice Age animals that once roamed West Virginia and a cast of a skull of a stag moose.
Operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex features one of the largest conical burial mounds built by the Adena people between 250 – 150 B.C. and ranks as one of the largest earthen mortuary mounds anywhere in the world. Exhibits and displays in the Delf Norona Museum interpret what is known about the lives of these prehistoric people and the construction of the mound. The complex also houses the West Virginia Archaeological Research and Collections Management Facility.
Admission to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex is free. The Delf Norona Museum, located at 801 Jefferson Avenue, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and closed Sunday and Monday. Outdoor access closes at 4:30 p.m. and availability is weather permitting.