History and Culture of West Virginia lecture series continues Feb. 5

John C. Allen Jr., an architectural historian living in Jefferson County, is the February speaker for the History and Culture of West Virginia monthly lecture series sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts.  His lecture takes place  Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. in the Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni center.

A graduate of Tulane University, Allen is a member of the Society of Architectural Historians and the Vernacular Architectural Forum.  He serves on both the Jefferson County Historic Landmarks Commission and the board of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

A native of Harrison County, Allen’s passion is the study of West Virginia’s historic architecture.  Last year the West Virginia University Press released his book, Uncommon Vernacular:  The Early Houses of Jefferson County 1735-1835,  which won several publishing awards and was a finalist for the prestigious Historic Preservation Book Prize.  Copies of the book will be available for sale at the presentation.  The lecture series is free and open to the public.