Council for West Virginia Archaeology

At the request of the Council’s Board of Directors, Governor Bob Wise named Dr. Robert Maslowski a Distinguished West Virginian for his service in the study of archaeology of West Virginia.

Kay Goodwin, Secretary of Education and the Arts, made the presentation during the West Virginia Archeology Society Annual Meeting, November 1, 2003. This is the highest honor the Governor can award to a citizen.

Here is the text of her announcement:

Bob Maslowski and Sec. Kay Goodwin


Distinguished West Virginian Award Presentation for Dr. Robert Maslowski
Kay Goodwin, WV Secretary of Education and the Arts
November 1, 2003

Good evening, members of the West Virginia Archeological Society. It is my great privilege to be here this evening on behalf of Governor Wise to honor Dr. Robert F. Maslowski as a Distinguished West Virginian.

The Distinguished West Virginian award was created to honor those who have contributed significantly to West Virginia or West Virginians and have brought positive attention to our state. There can be no doubt that Dr. Maslowski is such a citizen.

A native of Weirton, he has lived in West Virginia nearly all his life. He has been the Corps of Engineers archaeologist for the upper middle Ohio River basin for over 25 years, and in that role has been deeply involved with some of the most significant archaeological research ever conducted in West Virginia, especially major excavations related to lock and dam renovations at Winfield, Marmet, and Gallipolis.

Dr. Maslowski has been extremely active in bringing the archaeology of West Virginia to the public through presentations to state and regional audiences, locals, and civic groups. He has taught at Marshall University Graduate School and Concord College, and he was instrumental in the creation and production of Red Salt and Reynolds, a documentary on the saltmaking history of the Kanawha Valley. He also ensured that this video and others are distributed gratis to all schools and libraries in the state.

Susan and Bob Maslowski, Sec. Goodwin, WVAS President Mike Anslinger

Dr. Maslowski was a founder of the Council for West Virginia Archaeology, and has served for 15 years as editor of West Virginia Archaeologist, the only scholarly journal addressing our prehistoric and historic archaeology.

When one considers the whole of his involvement in West Virginia archaeology over the last quarter-century, it is clear that his impact on understanding our state’s prehistory is the most significant of any living archaeologist.

Dr. Robert F. Maslowski, for your excellent service to the state in the field of archaeology, I hereby name you a Distinguished West Virginian.

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