CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Summer 2019 issue of GOLDENSEAL is now available for purchase at select retailers and/or by calling the GOLDENSEAL office. GOLDENESEAL, West Virginia’s magazine of traditional life since 1975, is published quarterly by the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History. Attached is a list of retailers where GOLDENSEAL magazine is available.  

This issue focuses on the 100th anniversary of the West Virginia State Police. Several articles by Merle T. Cole trace the early history of the department, which was established in the midst of the southern West Virginia Mine Wars. He also writes about the challenges of patrolling the state’s highways—on horseback and motorcycle, and finally with cruisers. Cole studies how the highway patrol was really put to the test when the West Virginia Turnpike opened in 1954. Aaron Parsons, photo archivist at the West Virginia State Archives, looks at lesser-known aspects about the State Police and profiles Braxton County native Sharen Sumpter Deitz, who, in 1977, became the first female state trooper in West Virginia history.

Larry Shockley, archives specialist at the National Archives, brings to light some stunning photos taken in the Kanawha Valley during the summer of 1973 as part of the national DOCUMERICA project. Kenny Kemp, a longtime photographer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail, provides commentary on the images from Charleston, South Charleston and Glasgow in Kanawha County and from Putnam County.

Historians Christine M. Kreiser, Ernest Everett Blevins and Susan M. Pierce examine Civil War battlefield preservation in West Virginia. They highlight some of the people who have led the charge to protect our state’s most endangered battlefields, including ones at Harpers Ferry in Jefferson County, Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County, Bulltown in Braxton County, and conflicts associated with the war’s First Campaign in Randolph and Pocahontas counties.

In addition, the issue includes regular features by state folklorist Emily Hilliard and Carl E. Feather. Hilliard interviews Jimmie Tweel Carder, owner of the landmark Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House, founded in 1938, in Huntington. In his Back Roads column, Feather visits with Eddy Cathers, who makes and sells unique woodcrafts in Sistersville, Tyler County. Finally, Mack Samples pays tribute to the late George Daugherty, the legendary Kanawha County entertainer beloved by many as the “Earl of Elkview.”

To order the Summer issue, call the GOLDENSEAL office at (304) 558-0220. The cost is $5.95 plus shipping or $20 for a one-year subscription (four quarterly issues).

GOLDENSEAL Magazine can be purchased at the following retail outlets:

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
Yeager Airport Gift Shop, Charleston, Kanawha County
Appalachian Glass, Weston, Lewis County
Railroad Depot, Bramwell, Mercer County
Book Exchange, Morgantown, Monongalia County
Ruby Memorial Hospital Gift Shop, Morgantown, Monongalia County
Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County
Nicholas Chronicle Newspaper, Summersville, Nicholas County
Wheeling Artisan Center, Wheeling, Ohio County
Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers/Mercer County
Tygart Lake State Park, Taylor County
Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County
Hundred Farm Supply, Hundred, Wetzel County
Witschey’s Market, New Martinsville, Wetzel County
Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County
Twin Falls State Park, Wyoming County