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e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia is the comprehensive reference resource for the Mountain State of West Virginia. Based on the best-selling West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV offers thousands of articles on West Virginia’s people and places, history, arts, science and culture.

e-WV is a project of the West Virginia Humanities Council.

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  • Wheeling Jamboree The Wheeling Jamboree began broadcasting its live show from the stage of the Capitol Theatre in downtown Wheeling on April 1, 1933. Read More »

  • Mine disaster Twenty-nine miners were killed in an explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County on April 5, 2010. Photo by Tom Hindman. Read More »

  • Dogwood Flowering trees are already in bloom, a sure sign of spring in West Virginia. Read More »

  • Paint Creek-Cabin Creek Strike On April 18, 1912, the miners at Paint Creek and Cabin Creek went on strike. What followed was one of the most dramatic and bloodiest conflicts of what became known as the Mine Wars Read More »

  • Eccles Mine Disaster On April 28, 1914, 183 miners died in explosion at Eccles No. 5 mine in Raleigh County Read More »

  • Baseball Professional baseball has been played in West Virginia for over 110 years. Read More »

  • Benwood Disaster On April 28, 1924, an explosion ripped through the Benwood coal mine south of Wheeling, killing 119 miners Read More »

This Date in History

April 20, 1863: President Lincoln issued proclamation in 60 days West Virginia would be a state


The hills and valleys of the Mountain State came alive in 1963 as West Virginia celebrated 100 years of statehood. Musical events, drama, traveling exhibits, and festivities in each of the 55 counties highlighted the celebration. It began on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1962, with the appearance of former President Harry S. Truman at the state capitol in Charleston. One year later, on the state’s 100th birthday, President

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