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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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  • Art & Craft The Mountain State Art & Craft Fair is in its 52nd year. July 2-4 at Cedar Lakes Conference Center. Read More »

  • Sutton Dam Governor Wally Barron dedicated the Sutton Dam July 8, 1961. The imposing concrete structure – 210 feet high and 1,178 feet long – helps control flooding along the Elk River. Read More »

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

  • Art and science The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston opened to the public July 12, 2003 Read More »

  • Glass Sand Mining One of the highest quality deposits of silica sand in the U. S. is in Morgan County, which gave rise to a sand-mining industry following the Civil War Read More »

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carter was dedicated on July 26, 1942. The camp, at Clifftop in Fayette County, served as the first 4-H camp for African-Americans in the country. Read More »

  • Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom. Read More »

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July 31, 1958: Bill Blizzard died of cancer


Unionist William ‘‘Bill’’ Blizzard (September 19, 1892-July 31, 1958) was the son of Timothy Blizzard and activist Sarah Rebecca ‘‘Mother’’ Blizzard. He became one of West Virginia’s most influential and controversial labor leaders of the 20th century. Born in the Cabin Creek district of Kanawha County, Blizzard first became involved with the United Mine Workers of America duri...

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