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Saltville Salt: Two Centuries of U.S. Military Importance

July 31 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

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July 31
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center Auditorium
One Partnership Circle
Abingdon, VA 24210 United States
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Event Date:
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 — 7:30 to 8:30pm

Why have the U.S. government and military had a strategic interest in the saltwells in the Saltville valley for more than 150 years? Starting with the War of 1812, then the Civil War, World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the Space Race through the 1960s, Haynes will explain the strategic importance of the saltwells using photographs from the Museum of the Middle Appalachians’ collection, as well as personal photos not previously seen by the general public. A brief description of the present-day salt company and natural gas storage facility will also be included.

Harry R. Haynes, native of southwest Virginia and retired manager of the Museum of the Middle Appalachians, has presented programs of local history concerning Ice Age, Native American, Colonial and military topics. He has presented programs to all levels of public and private education, including interviews on public television and radio, and various news media. He is a contributor to dozens of books, magazines, and periodicals. Harry recently appeared on The Cooking Channel’s series, “Food: Fact or Fiction?” discussing the importance of Saltville’s salt during the Civil War.

Admission is free.