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Great Falls of the Blackwater, West Vir.
Great Falls of the Blackwater, West Vir.
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American Folklife Center

Folklife in Your State: West Virginia

The rich and varied folk traditions of West Virginia are well represented in the collections of the American Folklife Center. Among its recordings are: interviews with the Hammons family, documenting the family's musical and story-telling traditions; Pentecostal religious services; folk music and folklore of bituminous coal miners; and hundreds of hours of other folk music, including fiddle tunes, hammered dulcimer, banjo, and guitar. West Virginia's Local Legacies Projects, an exploration of local traditions and celebrations, and a concert Webcast of Gandydancer are available on the Center's Web page.

America's Library

America's Library is especially designed for elementary and middle school students.

Explore the States: West Virginia

Jump Back in Time

John Brown Took Harpers Ferry Hostage, October 16, 1859

West Virginia Admitted as the 35th State in the Union, June 20, 1863


Humor’s Edge: Cartoons by Ann Telnaes

This exhibition celebrates Ann Telnaes' generous gift of eighty–one original drawings that represent the range of themes that engage this gifted artist who has recently emerged as a leader in American editorial cartooning. The section "Put It on Your Tab" displays West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd's support of mining.

Humanities and Social Sciences Division

Bibliographies and Guides

U.S. State Poets Laureate

This site provides the names of all current state poets laureate of the United States. It also includes a history of the laureateship in each state, as well the District of Columbia, and attempts to provide a comprehensive listing of all prior state poets laureate. Included is information on the position of State Poet Laureate in West Virginia.

Law Library of Congress

The Guide to Law Online

Guide to Law Online, prepared by the Law Library of Congress Public Services Division, is an annotated guide to sources of information on government and law available online. It includes selected links to useful and reliable sites for legal information on U.S states and territories, including West Virginia.

Prints and Photographs Division

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC)

Search PPOC using the subject heading United States--West Virginia to find digital images related to West Virginia, such as prints, photographs, and political cartoons. Search in PPOC using the term West Virginia or names of cities, towns, and sites to locate additional images.

Teachers Page

Features & Activities

Primary Sources by State

The Library of Congress has rich documents and artifacts from every state, the U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. Click on West Virginia to view historic artifacts and cultural materials from the state.

Lesson Plans

Creating a Primary Source Archive: All History Is Local

Examine the interplay between national, state, local, and personal history. Students produce a digital collection of primary sources from their family or local community based on the collections in American Memory.

Exploring Community Through Local History: Oral Stories, Landmarks and Traditions

Students explore the local history of the community in which they live through written and spoken stories; through landmarks such as buildings, parks, restaurants, or businesses; and through traditions such as food, festivals and other events of the community or of individual families.

Local History: Mapping My Spot

Students create their town’s history for coming generations and place themselves on the map in a literal as well as figurative sense, by producing portions of an updated version of an early twentieth century panoramic map from the American Memory collections.
Today in History

June 20

On June 20, 1863, West Virginia became the thirty-fifth state in the Union. The land that formed the new state formerly constituted part of Virginia. The two areas had diverged culturally from their first years of European settlement. Small farmers generally settled the western portion of the state, including the counties that later formed West Virginia; the eastern portion was dominated by a powerful minority class of wealthy slaveholders.

October 16

Late on the night of October 16, 1859, John Brown and twenty-one armed followers stole into the town of Harper's Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) as most of its residents slept. The men--among them three free blacks, one freed slave, and one fugitive slave--hoped to spark a rebellion of freed slaves and to lead an "army of emancipation" to overturn the institution of slavery by force.

Veterans History Project

Veterans History Project Home Page

The Veterans History Project (VHP) collects and preserves the remembrances of American war veterans and civilian workers who supported them. Browse the database by state of residence to locate veterans from West Virginia.

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