Greenbrier Valley Real Estate Blog
Thursday, September 01 2011
The Greenbrier Historical Society will host its Annual Member Meeting and Banquet on Thursday, September 8 at 6pm at the Lewisburg United Methodist Church. Everyone is invited to attend for an evening of delicious food prepared by the Methodist Women as the Society Board of Directors and staff provide a report on the growing organization. Directly following the meal George Collins will give a presentation on the “Meadow River Lumber Company: The Last Giant.” Founded in 1910, the Meadow River Lumber Company developed into the "Largest Hardwood Lumber Mill in the Country" with an array of products shipped around the world. With its closing in 1970, it became the last logging railroad in West Virginia. Through images, artifacts, and personal experiences, George Collins, a native of Rainelle, will tell the story of "The Last Giant." This presentation will be held in honor of the Max Hayslette painting on loan to the Society from the Rainelle Development Corporation. The painting will be on display during the meeting.
George Collins is a native of Rainelle and graduated from Rainelle High School. He received his BA in History/Education from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his MA in History Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program/State University of New York. He retired in June 2010 having over 40 years of experience in a variety of roles in museums including Director of Human Resource Development, Director of Employee Relations and Communications, and Director of Historical Interpretation for Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. He has also served as Director of Programming for the New York State Historical Association and Vice-President of Programs and Operations and Acting President for Genesee Country Village and Museum in Rochester, N.Y. And, he served for 10 years as Director of Museum Program and Studies at Tusculum College.
He currently serves as volunteer administrator for the Northeast Tennessee National History Day Program, is curator for the Magnavox Heritage Preservation Association for whom he recently completed an exhibition on Magnavox in Tennessee. And, he is currently working on a history display for the new Rainelle Elementary School. He and his wife Amy, who is Director of the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University, live in Greeneville, Tennessee.
Admission to the Greenbrier Historical Society Member Meeting and Banquet is $15 per person and registration is required. Call 304.645.3398 to reserve your seat.
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