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Hardy County, West Virginia
Connecting Rural West Virginia to the World
The portal was housed at both East Hardy High School and Moorefield High School during its time in Hardy County. Image courtesy of Wendy Zolla Treadway.

In a county geographically situated among mountains and sprawling national forests, the Hardy Portal Project connected rural Hardy County, West Virginia with communities across the world, from Myanmar, to Nigeria, to Iraq, to Germany, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and beyond. With support from West Virginia Humanities Council, the state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Hardy County Schools was able to participate in a global project developed by Shared Studios. Through their distinctive gold shipping containers—known as portals—equipped with video and audio technology, Shared Studios connects people all over the world in conversation.

“The kind of information [one gets from the portal] is really important for people not just in rural America, but all over America, to get firsthand. One of the goals … is to really take the media and journalism out of the experience in the portal so that people can hear firsthand from one another what our lives are like.”

–Wendy Zolla Treadway, Portal Project Director for Hardy County Schools

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