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.
Battle of Philippi The first land battle of the Civil War took place at Philippi, June 3, 1861
Glass Sand Mining June 7, 1926: An explosion at a glass sand mining operation in Morgan County killed six men.
Living and working in the coalfields Photographers captured images of the everyday lives of West Virginia coal miners during the Great Depression.
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.
The Shinnston Tornado On June 23, 1944, a twister struck Shinnston, killing 103 people in the town and the surrounding area. It was the deadliest tornado in the history of the state.
Marshall Expedition In 1812, Chief Justice John Marshall led a surveying expedition down the Greenbrier and New rivers in Western Virginia. That six-week journey helped open up the west.
This Date in History
July 01, 1996: The WVU Institute of Technology (formerly West Virginia Institute of Technology) was established
The West Virginia University Institute of Technology, known as ‘‘Tech’’ to generations of students and alumni, is located in Montgomery, 26 miles southeast of Charleston. The college evolved from the Montgomery Preparatory School, a state institution established in 1895 to prepare students for West Virginia University.
The preparatory school was created in Montgomery because of the city’s growing population, which was the res...
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