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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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  • Luna Park On May 5, 1923, a fire started by welders destroyed most of this Charleston amusement park. Read More »

  • First Mother's Day The first official Mother's Day observance was held May 10, 1908, at Andrews Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton and simultaneously in Philadelphia. Read More »

  • Election Day West Virginians take a lively interest in politics. May 10 is primary election day. Read More »

  • Colorful visitors The diverse flora of West Virginia attracts 130 species of butterflies. The well-known Monarch is the state butterfly. Read More »

  • Hominy Falls On May 16, 1968, the final six miners were rescued after being trapped for ten days. Laws regulating preservation of mine maps were passed following this disaster. Read More »

  • Matewan Massacre May 19, 1920, police chief Sid Hatfield and angry miners confronted Baldwin-Felts agents on the streets of Matewan. A shootout left ten people dead. Read More »

  • Historic Houses Charleston’s historic houses can be found in every neighborhood and come in all shapes and styles. Read More »

  • Vandalia Gathering The Vandalia Gathering celebrates West Virginia’s heritage of music, dance, crafts, food, and folklore. The festival takes place Memorial Day weekend at the Culture Center and the adjoining grounds of the state capitol. Read More »

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

This Date in History

May 21, 1971: Festus Summers died


One of West Virginia’s foremost historians, Festus Paul Summers (March 2, 1895-May 21, 1971) was born at Lockwood, Nicholas County. He was a direct descendant of William Morris, who made the first permanent settlement in the upper Kanawha Valley, and his son, Henry, a prominent Nicholas County pioneer.

Summers began his teaching career in a one-room school in Clay County. He also taught in Fayette and Mercer counties, and ser...

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