Spring 2021 issue of GOLDENSEAL magazine features stories from across the state

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Spring 2021 issue of GOLDENSEAL Magazine is now available. Since 1975, GOLDENSEAL has been the magazine of traditional West Virginia living.

The cover story for this issue examines black gospel and blues music. Doris A. Fields, better known as Lady D, one of the most gifted singers in our state, traces the history of this poignant music from the slave plantations of the Deep South to the coalfields of West Virginia. She explains how gospel and blues formed the foundation of modern popular music and how they have changed in some ways while still staying true to their roots.

This edition covers a wide range of other historical and cultural topics from across our state. State folklorist Emily Hilliard writes about singer and storyteller extraordinary WI “Bill” Hairston of Charleston. Edwin Daryl Michael examines the development of rural photography through the lens of his Marion County family in the early 20th century. Lawrence “Larry” Cabell remembers the perilous task of extracting coal from a community mine as a child in Boone County in the 1930s.

The late Bob Barnett, in his last article for GOLDENSEAL (1983), talks about Greasy Neale of Parkersburg, one of the greatest athletes and coaches in our state. Aaron Parsons writes about TV news pioneer Bill Kelley. Miriam Ralston reflects on the foundation MOUTH, the first magazine only about Appalachian women, in Huntington in the 1970s. Ben Calwell tells the story of a series of comics burned at Spencer Elementary School (Roane County) in 1948. Nancy S. Hoffman visits the Ruggles family orchard in Hampshire. Jeffrey Shade recounts how undercover state soldiers destroyed the longtime red light district of Cinder Bottom (McDowell County) in the late 1960s.

Two articles are devoted to the WAVES (Women Accepted for Voluntary Service) who served our country during World War II. Barb Howe writes about Jessie Luckie, a native of Greenbrier County and former Tucker County resident, and Isabel Lobb Jones, who recently died in Morgantown at the age of 101. Sara Bragg Aikin remembers the life of Ernestine Hess Davey, originally from Ansted (Fayette County), who died a few months ago at 99.

In his regular column “Back Roads West Virginia”, Carl E. Feather visits the Lenox Store, the oldest continuously operated business in Preston County. Michael Evans Snyder salutes the late Lincoln County General Chuck Yeager as the first person to break the sound barrier. Author Kathleen M. Jacobs and Ellen Lambert offer some personal memories of their lives, and Audrey Pitonak-Goff writes about the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, which just celebrated its 30th anniversary.

The GOLDENSEAL magazine can be purchased at the following points of sale:

  • Brushy Ridge Farm, Augusta, Hampshire County
  • Four Seasons Books, Shepherdstown, Jefferson County
  • State Museum Gift Shop, Cultural Center, Charleston, Kanawha County
  • Taylor Books, Charleston, Kanawha County
  • West Virginia Marketplace at the Capitol Market, Charleston, Kanawha County
  • Appalachian Glass, Weston, County Lewis
  • Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, Moundsville, Marshall County
  • Railroad Depot, Bramwell, Mercer County
  • Book exchange, Morgantown, County Monongalia
  • Ruby Memorial Hospital gift shop, Morgantown, County Monongalia
  • Monroe Watchman Newspaper, County Monroe
  • Cacapon Resort State Park, Morgan County
  • Nicholas Chronicle newspaper, Summersville, Nicholas County
  • West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling, Ohio County
  • Wheeling Craft Center, Wheeling, Ohio County
  • Tamarack: West Virginia’s Best, County Raleigh
  • Pipestem Resort State Park, Summers / Mercer County
  • Tygart Lake State Park, Taylor County
  • Blackwater Falls State Park, Tucker County
  • Galaxy Foods, Middlebourne, County Tyler
  • Witschey Market, New Martinsville, Wetzel County
  • Peoples News, Parkersburg, Wood County
  • Twin Falls State Park, Wyoming County


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