WHEELING, W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) will continue its lecture series honoring Betty Woods “Snookie” Nutting at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, on Wednesday, Oct. 26, at 6:30 p.m. The talk is free and open to the public.

U.S. Congressman David McKinley of Wheeling will present “Historic Tax Credits in Wheeling.” He will offer a personal perspective on the value of tax credits for historic preservation efforts and his support for tax credits at both the state and federal government levels.

McKinley represented the third delegate district in the West Virginia Legislature from 1981 through 1994. He has represented the first congressional district of West Virginia since 2011. He is the founder of McKinley and Associates, an architectural and engineering firm with offices in Wheeling, Charleston and Washington, Pa. McKinley is a native of Wheeling and seventh generation West Virginian.

The Snookie Nutting lecture series honors Nutting for her tremendous support for historic preservation. She oversaw the restoration and rehabilitation of 22 Victorian-era buildings in East Wheeling, Center Wheeling and North Wheeling over the course of more than 46 years. In 2013, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin presented her with a Distinguished West Virginian Award, calling her “a friend of West Virginia with a true passion for preservation that reaches not only to Wheeling and Ohio County but to all of West Virginia.”

The lecture series will conclude on Wednesday, Nov. 9, with Dr. Matthew G. Hyland’s talk “Historic Preservation and a City’s Sense of Self” at 6:30 p.m. at Independence Hall.

For more information about the lecture, contact Deborah Jones, site manager at West Virginia Independence Hall, at (304) 238-1300 or

West Virginia Independence Hall has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with the exception of major holidays. The museum is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.

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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