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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: August 12, 2014

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Cary L. Sponaugle, Director of Sales & Marketing 304-866-4121, ext. 2671
Robert W. Gilligan, Park Superintendent, Robert.W.Gilligan@wv.gov


Canaan Valley Resort State Park hosts author and artist "Porte Crayon" – History Alive! performance Aug. 20, 2014

DAVIS, West Virginia – David Hunter Strother, also known as "Porte Crayon," was a renowned West Virginia author and artist who will be portrayed by Don Teter of Monterville, West Virginia during a special presentation at Canaan Valley Resort State Park Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 p.m. The interactive historical performance is a History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. The program explores West Virginia history using reproductions of Porte Crayon's illustrations, including the cascades now known as Blackwater, Douglas and Pendleton Falls. The event is free and open to the public.

"One of the greatest values of representing history through theater is being able to provide entertainment and bring history alive for the audience," Teter said. "This History Alive! presentation of Porte Crayon  provides a local connection to the past. Through careful research of the artist's writing, speeches and biographies I am able to interact with the audience and answer their questions about events that have shaped our history as Porte Crayon himself would have answered them."

Born in Martinsburg, trained as an artist in Europe and having gained fame as a writer and illustrator for national magazines under the name Porte Crayon, David Hunter Strother is recognized as one of the most accomplished and diverse men of the new state of West Virginia. Having illustrated several early travel stories including The Blackwater Chronicle, which shared the exploits of an 1851 expedition of sportsmen into the Canaan Valley, he also penned and illustrated The Virginian Canaan, regaling readers with more tales of hunting, fishing, and other adventures in the mountains.

From Charles Town he reported and illustrated John Brown's capture, trial and execution for Harper's Weekly in 1859. During the Civil War, Strother served as a Union officer and topographer who saw action in several major battles. He was one of the founders of the West Virginia Historical Society and spoke at the first commencement held at West Virginia University.

Canaan Valley Resort State Park, located in Tucker County, is a 6,000+ acre destination on a plateau overlooking the valley. The resort offers sweeping views of the surrounding peaks. The newly renovated Main Lodge boasts 160 new guestrooms, 23 cabins and cottages, 34 campground sites and more than 25,000 square feet of conference space consisting of 10 meeting rooms, an exhibit hall and an outdoor pavilion. Visit the resort website at www.canaanresort.com or call 800-622-4121 for more information.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Self-portrait by David Hunter Strother – "Porte Crayon"
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce. Self-portrait by David Hunter Strother – "Porte Crayon"