Compatriots and friends,
Please join us next Saturday, November 18, 2017, for the monthly meeting of the Daniel Boone Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. We will be meeting at 11AM at the State Archives Library in the Cultural Center.
Brandon Ray Kirk, an Assistant Professor of American History at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, will be a guest presenter for our meeting. He will be discussing the war and Southern Appalachia. A more comprehensive biographic sketch for Mr. Kirk is provided at the end of this e-mail.
Also, we are pleased that Putnam County Sheriff Steve Deweese is planning on joining us as a guest at our meeting. We are honored to present Sheriff Deweese with the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal in recognition of his distinctive service and devotion to the public safety. A brief biographical sketch of Sheriff Deweese is below:
Sheriff Steve Deweese
Sheriff Steve Deweese began his law enforcement career with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department as a Correction’s Officer on April 1, 1990 until the jail closure on September 30, 1996. He graduated from West Liberty Corrections Academy in June 1990. He became a Deputy Sheriff in November 1997 and graduated from the State Police Academy in the spring 1998 with the 99th Basic Class. Since that time, he has completed many schools to include Accident Investigation Level 1, and a certified instructor for Law Enforcement and military within many fields.
Sheriff Deweese has worked in the Home Confinement, Road Patrol, and Domestic Violence, to include the Special Response Team. He has conducted over fifty-five law enforcement trainings within the State of West Virginia and has attended over eight National Conferences in Domestic Violence. He has a degree in Corporate Leadership through Mountain State University. Sheriff Deweese is a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard, where he currently serves as Post Command Sergeant Major at Camp Dawson in Kingwood, WV. He was deployed to combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II & VI.
Law Enforcement Awards
- 2005 Blue Mass Award- outstanding officer within the tri-state area by the Secretary of State’s office.
- 2008 Certificate of Merit- outstanding service to Putnam County citizens from Governors Committee.
Military Awards & Decorations
- Bronze Star Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster
- Meritorious Service Medal
- Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters
- Army Achievement Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters
- Combat Action Badge
- Order of Saint George Bronze Medallion and 18 other Federal and State awards/medals
Brandon Ray Kirk
Brandon Ray Kirk, author of Blood in West Virginia: Brumfield v. McCoy (Pelican, 2014) and a descendent of feudists from Lincoln County, West Virginia, is an enthusiast of Appalachian feuds, Southern violence, timber history, and traditional Appalachian music. An assistant professor of American history at Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, Kirk gives daily lectures about Appalachian history. In addition to having written scores of Appalachian-themed articles for regional newspapers and books, including the West Virginia Encyclopedia, The Kentucky Explorer, and Goldenseal magazine, Kirk has contributed to the PBS series West Virginia and offered expertise for participants in the History Channel series Hatfields and McCoys. He has also lectured for the Scarborough Art and Lecture Series, the Lunch with Books program at the Ohio County Public Library, and the West Virginia State Archives & History Library.
His diverse career has included working as a university library assistant at Marshall University’s Morrow Library Special Collections Department, writing for the Lincoln (WV) Independent and Lincoln (WV) Journal, researching and writing for Hartford Music, Inc., writing for the Logan (WV) Banner, and teaching advanced placement history courses for Lincoln and Logan County Schools. He has worked extensively with Representative Ken Hechler’s Congressional papers, partnered with West Virginia Hillbilly editor Jim Comstock, and archived the papers of CBS executive Bob Tamplin. A close associate of the late John Hartford, Kirk co-authored the Ed Haley biography and assisted with the Grammy Award-winning soundtrack O Brother, Where Art Thou? He is a Blake-Hulse Scholar and a past member of Kappa Delta Pi and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies.
More recently, Kirk has appeared in Smithsonian magazine and The New Yorker magazine as well as on The Friendly Neighbor Radio Show and the TV program Chapters. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed him to serve on the West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission. He also contributed to an upcoming John Hartford documentary. In 2015, The State Journal chose him as one of “55 Good Things About West Virginia.”
Kirk is a graduate of Marshall University where he earned a M.A. in history, specializing in Appalachian history. A dedicated Appalachian scholar, he spends his time collecting and compiling oral histories, researching at courthouses and archives, collecting old photographs, restoring and mapping cemeteries, and conducting field recordings of traditional Appalachian music. When he is not traveling through the American South promoting his book or visiting old homes, museums, battlefields, antique stores, and music festivals, Kirk collects, preserves, and promotes the culture and history of his section of Appalachia from his home in Harts, West Virginia.
President, Daniel Boone SAR Chapter