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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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  • "Ain't No Sunshine" Named to National Recording Registry The Library of Congress has recognized "Ain't No Sunshine" by Raleigh County native Bill Withers for its lasting contribution to U.S. culture. Read More »

  • Ann Kathryn Flagg at 100 The playwright, teacher, and actress from Charleston would have turned 100 this year. Read More »

  • Jayne Anne Phillips wins Pulitzer Prize The Buckhannon native won for her novel Night Watch, about a mother and daughter in West Virginia after the Civil War. Read More »

  • Howard "Tick" Lilly This Raleigh County native was the fourth person to fly faster than the speed of sound and the nation's first test pilot to die in the line of duty. Read More »

  • Capital Cities In the 22 years after West Virginia became a state, our capital was moved between Wheeling and Charleston three times. Read More »

  • The Keith-Albee This Huntington theatre showed its first movie on May 7, 1928, but it was the lavish landmark itself that stole the show. Read More »

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

  • Hominy Falls On May 16, 1968, the final six miners were rescued after being trapped for 10 days. Laws regulating preservation of mine maps were passed following this disaster. Read More »

  • A visit to Wheeling Wheeling was the birthplace of West Virginia. When our state entered the union in 1863, it was both West Virginia's largest city and capital. Read More »

  • Vandalia Gathering Held every Memorial Day on the state capitol grounds, the Vandalia Gathering celebrates West Virginia’s heritage of music, dance, crafts, food, and folklore. Read More »

  • Rhododendron Depending on your climate, rhododendron--voted the state flower in 1903--may have already bloomed or may still be weeks away from flowering. Some can reach up to 40 feet in height. Read More »

This Date in History

May 30, 1912: Sirene Bunten Reger died in Buckhannon. She is buried in that city's Heavner Cemetery.


Diarist Sirene “Rene” Bunten was born in French Creek in Upshur County on April 11, 1847. From New Year’s Day 1863 into the 1870s, she kept a diary about various aspects of her daily activities, such as attending church and school, and left behind an often-emotional account of life on the West Virginia home front during the Civil War.

The teenage Bunten pe...

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