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.
Art and science come together The Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences in Charleston opened to the public July 12, 2003
West Virginia Day West Virginia Day is celebrated each year on June 20, the anniversary of the day West Virginia became the 35th state, June 20, 1863.
New Capitol dedicated Built for slightly more than $9 million, the new state capitol was officially dedicated on West Virginia Day, June 20, 1932.
Deadly twister A tornado that struck the Shinnston area of Harrison County June 23, 1944, killed more than 100 people and destroyed numerous homes.
State Parks West Virginia has 36 state parks and resorts, including Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County. The parks offer hiking, biking, camping, and many other activities.
The Sesquicentennial West Virginia celebrated its 150th birthday with a 3-D show and fantastic fireworks display at the Capitol.
Learning about the Mountain State Find resources related to West Virginia studies in the e-WV Classroom.
This Date in History
July 14, 1990: Hulett Smith married Nancy Pat Hamilton Lewis
Hulett Carlson Smith (October 21, 1918-January 15, 2012) was West Virginia’s 27th governor. Born in Beckley, Smith grew up in the world of business and politics. His father, Joe L. Smith, a newspaper publisher and bank president, was mayor of Beckley, a state senator, U.S. congressman, and chairman of the state Democratic Party. Hulett graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1934. In 1938, he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.
Smith married Mary Ali...
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