ELKINS - Davis & Elkins College Professor of History Dr. David Turner will deliver the Oakland B&O Museum’s first lecture of the Summer Speaker Series on June 18 at the 1884 Oakland B&O Railroad Station in Oakland, Md. The event will begin with appetizers and desserts at 6 p.m. and the lecture will follow at 7 p.m.
Turner will speak on the history of U.S. Sen. Henry Gassaway Davis, one of the founders of the College. Davis also founded the Potomac and Piedmont Coal and Railroad Co. which later became the West Virginia Central & Pittsburg Railroad. He had a summer home at Deer Park, Md., and worked with John Work Garrett to transport coal and timber from the highlands of West Virginia on his railroad to the B&O. He was the Democratic vice presidential nominee in 1904 and is still the oldest person to be nominated for president or vice president on a major party ticket.
Among Turner’s numerous publications is "The Centennial History" (2004), an account of the first 100 years of Davis & Elkins College. Before joining the D&E faculty in 1985, he was an archivist for the National Archives. He received his bachelor's and master’s degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and his Ph.D. in history from the University of Kentucky.
The Oakland B&O Museum officially opened its doors in July 2013 and has partnered with the B&O Museum in Baltimore, Md., for artifacts, displays, videos, educational material and guidance on presentation of the museum.
Tickets to the lecture can be obtained by calling Oakland Main Street Manager & Business Coordinator Michelle Ross at 301-334-2691 or Helbig Insurance Agency at 301-533-1050. Seating is limited, so tickets should be purchased in advance.
Related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Davis & Elkins College is located in Elkins, 2 hours east of Charleston, 3 hours south of Pittsburgh and 4 hours west of Washington, D.C. For more information, please visit the College website at www.dewv.edu or call 304-637-1243.