Monday, December 2, 2013
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Local foundation provides tuition assistance for class on history of Charleston

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tuition assistance is available for Marshall University graduate students who wish to enroll in a spring 2014 seminar about the Glenwood Estate in Charleston.

The graduate seminar, "Glenwood and the History of Charleston," is a joint program of the Historic Glenwood Foundation and Marshall University's graduate humanities program. Attending graduate students will receive three hours of graduate credit, for which tuition assistance is available from the foundation.

Classes in the seminar will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays, beginning Jan. 13 and continuing until May 6. Students will gather on site at Glenwood, the iconic 1850s estate that stands in the hills of Charleston's West Side. They will be working with Dr. Billy Joe Peyton, associate professor of history at West Virginia State University, who also teaches in Marshall's graduate humanities program.

The seminar also is available to members of the public who wish to participate for one hour of graduate credit. A public participant must have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university. Qualifying public participants will not be expected to do as much coursework or attend all the classes required of the graduate students who wish to receive 3 hours of credit.

Students will get "up close and personal" with the past as they use elements of the historic Glenwood collection to examine the 150-year development of Charleston from a small 19th-century village into a modern 21st-century capital city.

The Glenwood Estate, a complex intersection of North and South, has been the focus of the Graduate Humanities Program's Glenwood Project, which marked its 7th year with presentations on site at Glenwood in June and at the new Mary C. Snow West Side Elementary School in October.

Marshall's graduate humanities program offers a broad range of courses each semester, including the study of art and society as well as historical, cultural and literary studies. Other humanities program classes to be offered during the 2014 spring semester include "Appalachian Literature: Exploring the Soul of a Region" and "Women, Men, and Cultural Change."

More information may be found on the graduate humanities website at or by calling the program office at 304-746-2022.