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WVNCC to Host Eleanor Roosevelt Program

Posted 03/05/13

Patty Cooper of Parkersburg as First Lady Eleanor RooseveltFirst Lady Eleanor Roosevelt will be portrayed by Patty Cooper of Parkersburg at
West Virginia Northern Community College’s Wheeling, Weirton and New Martinsville campuses to commemorate Women’s History Month in March. The presentation is possible through the History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

The program will be offered as a special Lunch and Learn from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the following dates: March 18, Wheeling campus; March 19, New Martinsville campus; and March 20, Weirton campus.

The public is invited to attend the Lunch & Learn event March 18 on the Wheeling campus. Members of the public wishing to attend are asked to provide an RSVP by March 15 to Ida Williams, WVNCC Student Activities program coordinator, by calling 304-214-8917 or by emailing her at

During the 12 years Roosevelt served as First Lady of the United States she changed how the public viewed the role of the president’s wife. She was a vocal champion of social reform and human rights, traveled widely representing the president, authored books, wrote newspaper columns and visited troops during World War II. The founding of the homestead community of Arthurdale in Preston County in 1934 is a project for which she is well remembered in West Virginia.

Roosevelt is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.

This West Virginia Humanities Council program is being hosted by WVNCC and is supported with additional financial assistance from the Office of the Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.