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Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park.
Opening night The Keith-Albee in Huntington showed its first movie on May 7, 1928, but it was the lavish theater itself that was the star of the show.
Election Day West Virginia primary elections are conducted in May of even-numbered years. This year it falls on May 10.
First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia.
Living and working in the coalfields Photographers captured images of the everyday lives of West Virginia coal miners during the Great Depression.
Back to school in the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
This Date in History
May 28, 1965: Photographer Walter Aegerter died in Upshur County
Photographer Walter Aegerter (July 8, 1894-May 28, 1965) was born in Helvetia, Randolph County. He was the youngest son of Gottfried and Marianna Dubach Aegerter, who immigrated from Switzerland to Helvetia, in 1885. In addition to farming, Gottfried was an amateur photographer, an avocation he passed to Walter.
Gottfried and Walter took their hobby seriously, constructing a building on their farm that included both a studio, ...
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