CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Jerry Waters will present “Growing Up in Charleston and Other Lesser Known Facts” in the Archives and History Library at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston, on Thursday, March 17. The program begins at 6 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Waters was born and raised in Charleston, on the back side of town, and has spent his life as a sailor, radio announcer, newspaper photographer and fire department captain. He will talk about Charleston, incorporating those perspectives into his story, and provide images of his experiences.

Waters’ love of photography and local history started in 1968, when he took photographs along the path of the newly arriving interstate. A collector of photographs for years, he provided images for volumes I and II of Kanawha County Images by Stan Cohen and Richard Andre. He also designed the cover of Volume II.

Seven years ago, Waters launched a website,, which is primarily devoted to area photos. Now retired, he spends his time working on his website and adding to his photo collection.

For additional information about the Archives and History lecture series, contact the Archives and History Library at (304) 558-0230.

The new bus turnaround is open, and handicapped spots are available there. Visitors parking there should enter the doors at the front of the building. Patrons also may park behind the Culture Center after 5:30 p.m. on March 17 and enter the building at the back loading dock area.

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.