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WV150 — West Virginia Sesquicentennial

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    “WV@150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride”

WV150 – “The 3-D projection was created and produced by Monster Media 3D, and the fireworks show was produced by Zambelli.”  (7:00/2013)


“WV150 Sesquicentennial”


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West Virginia Arts Culture History







Explore WV Culture & History’s “WV 150 Sesquicentennial” Website – some links no longer work

    “WV150 Online Sesquicentennial Exhibit”

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West Virginia Arts Culture History

“The WV150 Sesquicentennial Exhibit celebrates our statehood from 1860 to the present with an eclectic collection of West Virginia artifacts and art.  Many of the suggestions for what to showcase in the exhibit came from West Virginians.”

Explore WV Culture and History’s ” WV 150 Online Sesquicentennial Exhibit” Website – Time periods index at bottom of each page. Click on photos for larger images

    “Child of the Rebellion”

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Timeline of West Virginia Civil War and Statehood
Biographies of Statehood Leaders
Biographies of Members of the First West Virginia Legislature
Biographies of Western Virginia Delegates to the Richmond Convention
West Virginia and the Civil War: Annotated Bibliography
West Virginia State Archives Civil War Manuscripts, Special Collections, and Archival Holdings

Timeline Trivia Question
Sesquicentennial Moments
West Virginia Union Militia Letters
Civil War and Statehood Photographs
“Military Events in West Virginia During the Civil War, 1861-1865,” by Allen W. Jones
List, African American Soldiers from West Virginia
List, Recruiting Officers in West Virginia
Reminiscences, by T.B.A. David, 1908
Election Precincts in West Virginia Counties

Other Resource Links include:

John Brown:
“His Soul Goes Marching On: The Life and Legacy of John Brown” (online exhibit)
John Brown/Boyd B. Stutler Collection Database”

West Virginia Statehood:
“A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia” (online exhibit)
Civil War in West Virginia”

Explore WV Archives and History’s “Child of the Rebellion”  Website

    “Sesquicentennial Moments”

WV150 WV Archives and History Sesquicentennialwv history archives“A brief look back at West Virginia’s History.” 

Dozens of “Moments” for 1861, 1862, and 1863

Explore WV Archives and History’s  “Sesquicentennial Moments” Website

    “West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Highway Historical Markers”

WV historical markers wv history archives“In 2011 and 2012, Archives and History received $256,000 in grants to create 160 new highway historical markers on the Civil War in West Virginia and the creation of the Mountain State. Funding was provided by the United States Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Division of Highways, and the West Virginia State Legislature. Each county will receive at least two markers. Staff members and interns have worked to determine topics, conduct research, and write the marker texts, calling upon historians and local historical societies for insight when needed. Local groups and regional DOH offices, particularly the district sign shops, have greatly aided Archives and History in placing the new markers in locations that are both appropriate and accessible. As of October 2018, all 160 markers have been ordered.

Explore WV Archives and History’s “West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial Highway Historical Markers” Websiteincludes links to text and images of the new markers as they are installed; and a link to a Story Map of the Sesquicentennial markers

      “New markers provide insight into overlooked history”

West Virginia Gazette

March 11, 2020

“The West Virginia Historical Highway Marker Program is perhaps the most geographically expansive museum in the Mountain State and contributes to an enriched understanding of our past that is beneficial to citizens and out-of-state visitors.  The program was created as a New Deal project during the turbulent decade of the 1930s and has since expanded to include nearly 1,000 of the iconic aluminum signs throughout all 55 counties in West Virginia. . .”

Explore Charleston Gazette-Mail’s “New markers provide insight into overlooked history” article to continue reading (pdf)

    “New Sesquicentennial Exhibit Features the Flavor of West Virginia”

January 27, 2013

“Big Boy got to hold up his big double cheeseburger at the state Culture Center on Friday. . .”


Explore scans of Gazette-Mail’s “New Sesquicentennial Exhibit Features the Flavor of West Virginia” article to continue reading (pdf)

“U.S. Postal Service Celebrates 150 Years of West Virginia Statehood”

wv150 sesquicentennia postal serviceJune 20, 2013

“The U.S. Postal Service today dedicated the West Virginia Statehood Forever Stamp on the steps of the Capitol Building commemorating the state’s 150th anniversary. . . “

Explore US Postal Service’s “US Postal Service Celebrates 150 Years of West Virginia Statehood” press release to continue reading

“West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial By the Numbers”


150 numerical facts about West Virginia:

Explore Charleston Gazette-Mail’s “West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial by the Numbers” list (pdf)


Explore Charleston Gazette-Mail’s “Ten Things to Know About West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial” list (pdf)

WV150 – West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial

“West Virginia @ 150 – Daily Celebrations of West Virginia’s 150 Years”

     – West Virginia Public Broadcasting

     – West Virginia and Regional History Center at WVU

     – West Virginia Tourism




West Virginia History

(@1:30/2013/WV Public Broadcasting)


    1863 – West Virginia Becomes the 35th State


    1869 – Helvetia is Settled


    1872 – “Harper’s” Publishes Porte Crayon’s “The Mountains”


    1882 – The Hatfield – McCoy Feud


    1897 – The Last Public Hanging in West Virginia


    1907 – The Monongah Mine Disaster



    1910 – Mother’s Day Established


    1912 – The Paint Creek Strike


    1914 – The Eccles Mine Disaster



    1920 – The End of West Virginia’s Ancient Forests


    1920 – The Matewan Massacre



    1921 – The Battle of Blair Mountain



    1924 – Don Knotts Born



    1927 – Blind Alfred Reed Discovered at the Bristol Sessions


    1928 – The Silver Bridge Opens



    1930 – Hawks Nest Tunnel Work Begins



    1932 – West Virginia’s New Capitol Building



    1932 – The Lilly Brothers’ Radio Debut




    1933 – West Virginia’s First CCC Camp



    1934 – Arthurdale Founded



    1935 – Hazel Dickens Born



    1936 – Pare Lorentz Makes His First Documentary


    1941 – USS West Virginia Sinks in Pearl Harbor



    1945 – Woody Williams Wins the Congressional Medal of Honor


    1947 – The Hammons Family’s First Recording



    1947 – Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier



    1952 – Johnnie Johnson Hires Chuck Berry



    1954 – The West Virginia Turnpike Opens


    1956 – The Green Bank Telescope – National Radio Astronomy Observatory Founded


    1959 – Jerry West & the National Championship



    1960 – JFK Wins in West Virginia



    1963 – Cass Scenic Railroad Opens



    1968 – The Farmington Mine Disaster



    1970 – The Marshall Plane Crash


    1971 – West Virginia’s First Ski Resort


    1972 – The Buffalo Creek Flood



    1972 – “Lean On Me” from Bill Withers



    1974 – The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy

    1977 – The New River Gorge Bridge Opens


    1978 – The New River Gorge National River Established



    1981 – Mountain Stage Begins


    1983 – Kathy Mattea Signs First Record Deal



    1984 – Mary Lou Retton Wins Olympic Gold Medal



    1985 – The Flood of 1985



    1988 – “Chillers” The Movie



    2003 – Army Bridge Built in Iraq

A West Virginia Reserve Company is the first Army unit since World War II to build a bridge under fire.


    2006 – The Sago Mine Disaster



    2009 – Robert C. Byrd Becomes the Longest Serving US Politician



    2010 – The Upper Big Branch Mine Explodes



    2012 – WVU Wins the Orange Bowl




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