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  • County Fairs Summer is a time of county fairs throughout the state. Read More »

  • Civil War Site West Virginia dedicated Droop Mountain Battlefield State Park on July 4, 1928. Droop Mountain was the site of one of the most important Civil War battles fought on West Virginia soil. 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 »

  • Helvetia photographer Born in Helvetia on July 8, 1894, amateur photographer Walter Aegerter documented life in the Swiss village, such as the Helvetia Star Band in 1912. Read More »

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

  • Opening of camp Camp Washington-Carver 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 »

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July 26, 1942: Camp Washington-Carver was dedicated and opened as black state 4-H camp

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4-H is a youth educational program conducted by the federal Cooperative Extension Service, in conjunction with state and local partners. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, state land-grant universities, and county governments cooperatively fund 4-H, and federal, state, and local extension staff and volunteer leaders develop and carry out its programs. In West Virginia, 4-H is conducted under the direction of the West Virginia University Extension Service and West Virginia State University...

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