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Signs telling story of WV’s folklore and cultural heritage coming soon to a berm near you

By RICK STEELHAMMER

Charleston Gazette-Mail

The Legends & Lore roadside marker for “Ichabod Crane” in Kinderhook, N.Y. Located at the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse, the marker commemorates the unique story behind “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.”
(Photo courtesy of the William G. Pomeroy Foundation)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Colorful roadside markers will begin appearing later this year at sites associated with West Virginia’s folklore and cultural heritage through a new partnership between the William G. Pomeroy Foundation and the West Virginia Folklife Program at the West Virginia Humanities Council.

West Virginia is the seventh state to participate in the Pomeroy Foundation’s Legends & Lore Marker Grant Program, which helps communities commemorate local legends and folklore while promoting cultural tourism. Communities and nonprofit organizations who successfully apply for the grants receive the markers and support poles free of charge.

The foundation, based in Syracuse, New York, plans to gradually expand its Legends & Lore marker program, established in 2015, to all states.

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