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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.

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  • Flood of 1985 Heavy rains in the last days of October 1985 brought fatal flooding to West Virginia in early November. Forty-seven people were killed, and several towns, including Moorefield, were heavily damaged. Read More »

  • October snowstorm Hurricane Sandy collided with a cold front, bringing heavy snows to West Virginia. The blizzard left seven people dead and more than 500,000 homes without electricity. Read More »

  • Showcase for art The Huntington Museum of Art opened on November 9, 1952, as the Huntington Galleries. The state’s largest art museum hosts traveling exhibits and has permanent collections that include Ohio Valley glass, firearms, and fine art. Read More »

  • New River The New River Gorge National River was established by Congress on November 10, 1978. It is one of only three national rivers in the country. Read More »

  • Veterans Day World War I ended on November 11, 1918. More than 1,100 soldiers from West Virginia were killed in action during the war. Read More »

  • Marshall plane crash On November 14, 1970, a chartered plane crashed, killing all 75 passengers and crew members. The victims included nearly the entire Marshall football team, most of the team’s coaches, and several fans. Read More »

  • West Virginia Symphony Orchestra On November 14, 1939, the Charleston Civic Orchestra gave its first performance. Today, the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra schedules a full season of symphonic and pops concerts. Read More »

  • Fatal day Twenty-one miners escaped alive, but another 78 perished in the explosion at Consolidation Coal’s No. 9 mine near Farmington on November 20, 1968. Photo courtesy Charleston Newspapers. Read More »

  • White tail deer Traditional buck hunting season begins around Thanksgiving. Read More »

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November 13, 1879: Elsie Ripley Clapp was born


Educator Elsie Ripley Clapp (November 13, 1879–July 28, 1965) in 1934 was named director of the community school in Arthurdale, an experimental federal resettlement community established for victims of the Great Depression. She was a proponent of John Dewey’s doctrine of progressive education, which held that a school is an integral part of its community and must help that community adjust to change. A basic tenet of the Arthurdale school was that the homesteaders—primarily native-born whi...

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