Upcoming Events


Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 
10:00 am


Food History in West Virginia Lecture & Presentation - Martha & Dick Hartley will be presenting a Foodways History of Early Western Virginia lecture open to the public in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Historic Foodways Society of the Delaware Valley at the Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum near Lancaster, PA. As part of the afternoon session, Society members will also be invited to a foods demo and sampling of early WV cookery featuring recipes from the new book, Serving Up History. Event Contact:  717-569-0401

Landis Valley Village & Farm Museum
2451 Kissel Hill Road
Lancaster, PA 17601


Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015 
1-3 pm


Book Signing for new cookbook, Serving Up History, at Blennerhassett Museum, Parkersburg, WV

As a part of the Holiday Trees of Our Heritage Open House, the new cookbook, Serving Up History, will be available at the Blennerhassett Gift Shop. The Hartleys will be there to sign their books.  Enjoy the numerous trees, light refreshments, and begin the Holiday Season. Event contact: 304-420-4800


Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History
137 Juliana Street
Parkersburg, WV


Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 
5:00 pm

Book Signing for new cookbook, Serving Up History, at Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum Holiday Open House in the City Park, Parkersburg, WV

Visit what is believed to be the first two-story log dwelling in Wood County, now relocated in the Parkersburg City Park. The Cooper Log House will be open in conjunction with the lighting of the Holiday Light Display in the City Park. Light refreshments served. No charge.

City Park, Parkersburg, WV


Sunday, Nov 29, 2015
2:00pm till Dusk

Hearth Cooking Demonstration & Book Signing at Fort New Salem Annual Spirit of Christmas in the Mountains Event.

The Hartleys will be doing demonstrations only on Sunday, Nov. 29, but the book, Serving Up History, will be available on Nov. 28 & 29 and on Dec. 5 & 6 at the Museum Gift Shop. Event contact:  304-695-2220

Fort New Salem
1 Settlers Lane (Just off US Rt. 50)
Salem, WV


Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015 

Foodways Presentation for Ritchie County Daughters of American Revolution and the Ritchie County Historic Society Joint Meeting

The Hartleys will present a historical foodways talk to the joint meeting of these organizations.
General Thomas Harris School Museum
217 West Main Street
Harrisville, WV



News and Updates


WCHS Charleston WV Wildlife show:  The archived video of the Hartleys hearth cooking demo about frontier foods featuring venison using early 19th century recipes is available for viewing on the WCHS TV web site. Click Here to View.

Event information:  WCHS TV, Charleston, WV, at www.wchstv.com c/o WV Wildlife Show


 Beginning Sept. 15, 2014

The book, The Frontier Table, is available at the following libraries:

  • West Virginia University – Special Collections, Morgantown, WV

  • Virginia Tech Library-Special Collections, Blacksburg, VA

  • University of Virginia Library-Special Collections, Charlottesville, VA

  • Colonial Williamsburg Rockefeller Library, Williamsburg, VA

  • Marietta College Library-Special Collections, Marietta, OH

  • Ritchie County Public Libraries: Harrisville & Pennsboro, WV

  • Wood County Public Library, Parkersburg, WV

  • Ronceverte Pubic Library, Ronceverte, WV

Beginning Nov. 27, 2014

The Frontier Table book has been accepted and is being sold at Tamarack, The Best of West Virginia, in Beckley.