CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Winter 2019 issue of GOLDENSEAL is now available for purchase at select retailers 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.   

The cover story honors West Virginia’s Troubadour, Mike Morningstar of Gilmer County. Cswhipkey’s article traces Morningstar’s musical path from Parkersburg, through his Vietnam years, to a scenic hollow in Gilmer County. During his 50-plus-year music career, he has become one the best ever at writing songs about the Mountain State—from the whimsical “Brown-Eyed Country Girl” to heartfelt songs that ask poignant questions about our state: “West Virginia Girl” and “Mountaineers Are Always Free,” to name a couple.

Other articles focus on Clarksburg’s Lucinda Rose, the only woman from West Virginia to die in service to her country during World War I; Gerald Milnes’ study of Lewisburg’s annual Shanghai Parade on New Year’s Day; the work of Summers County potter Jeff Diehl; the poem “Gram’s Kitchen” by Laurel Muhly-Alexander; the controversial Ritchie County school consolidation of the early 1960s; Crane’s Custom Baits, which produces some of the most popular muskie lures in the world; a box of historical treasures collected by Philippi’s Dr. Elmer Myers; and Michael Evans Snyder’s memories of the anti-strip-mining fight of 1971.

In addition, the issue highlights GOLDENSEAL’s annual Mountain Music Roundup by Paul Gartner, a new state marker program that recognizes legends and lores, and Carl E. Feather’s interview with Keyser’s Clifton E. Brooks Sr., West Virginia’s last-surviving Tuskegee Airman.

To order the Winter 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 subscriptions also make great holiday gifts for friends and family who love West Virginia.

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
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
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
Hundred Farm Supply, Hundred, Wetzel County
Witschey’s Market, New Martinsville, Wetzel County
Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County
Twin Falls State Park, Wyoming County