Lubeck students enjoy Appalachian Heritage

PARKERSBURG – Students at Lubeck Elementary School capped off a week of Appalachian Heritage studies with a firsthand look at local artists and their wares.

Principal Mary Thomas said students and teachers have been celebrating Appalachian Heritage since last week.

Students visited with several artists and craftsmen Thursday. The locals taught students about rag rugs, honey, cider making, sassafras tea, quilting and a spinning wheel. Cloggers visited the school in the afternoon.

“This is the culmination of the week,” Thomas said.

Heritage events started last week with Scott Cain, who shared the musical heritage with dulcimers and other instruments. Michael “Moon” Mullen, the former mayor Marietta and now a councilman, shared additional musical heritage.

Thomas said Granny Sue stopped by earlier this week for storytelling heritage. She was a huge hit with the children.

“She did a wonderful job,” Thomas said.

West Virginia Day is June 20, but schools throughout Wood County have been using the last week to teach Appalachian Heritage in conjunction with the state’s 150th birthday kickoff.

On April 17, 1861, in Richmond, Va., delegates voted in favor of Virginia’s secession from the Union. Shortly after the vote, a mass meeting in Clarksburg set the stage for the first Wheeling convention on May 13, 1861. More than two years later West Virginia was recognized as a state on June 20, 1863.

In addition to the students receiving hands-on knowledge, Thomas said the displays and presentation mesh with the classroom study. Thomas, despite recuperating from back surgery, was dressed in a period costume for the occasion.

“This ties in with West Virginia Heritage and the content we are supposed to be teaching,” she said.

Thomas said this is the first year school officials tried this event, and it’s been successful.

“It’s been wonderful,” she said.