Vol 61, No 8 (2000)


Cover Page
The Burki Sisters (Greitly, Mary, and Eliza­beth) examine the latest issue of the Ger­man language periodical Abendschule (St. Louis: L. Lange, 1853- , ca. 1905). The sisters were residents of Helvetia, a Swiss settlement established in West Virginia's rugged east-central mountain region shortly after the Civil War. More than 300 photographs documenting life in this tiny ethnic community, taken in the years sur­rounding the turn of the 20th century, are preserved in the West Virginia and Re­gional History Collection of the West Vir­ginia University Libraries. The Regional History Collection is the leading histori­cal information repository in the state of West Virginia. Its holdings include archives and manuscripts, publications, maps, broadsides, sound recordings, and more than 100,000 photographs.