Faculty, staff, and students are invited to celebrate the WVU History Department’s William Hal Gorby book launch today (March 7) at 7 p.m. in person at the Center Library’s Robinson Room- town of Morgantown or virtually via Zoom. This is a must see event for those interested in Appalachian history.
Published by WVU Press, Gorby’s “Wheeling’s Polonia” examines the migration of immigrants from Poland and other Eastern European countries to Wheeling, West Virginia, while revealing the process of forging a Catholic working-class culture distinct in the wider region.
Reviewed for Ohio Valley History, John J. Bukowczyk writes of Wheeling’s Polonia: “Gorby’s study of Polish immigrants in South Wheeling and Benwood underscores both the variety of Polish ethnic and immigrant experience in the United States and the importance of immigrant labor therein. particular corner of the great – and apparently belated – industrial heartland of America which iron, coal, steam and steel made.
Gorby also received the Outstanding Teaching Award from Eberly College, as well as the Nicholas Evans Excellence in Counseling Award from WVU.
Come and support our extraordinary colleague.