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State’s 150th birthday special to daughter of Civil War veteran

September 18, 2013 PARKERSBURG —Most West Virginians take pride in celebrating the state’s birthday, particularly Thursday’s sesquicentennial. For 97-year-old Rachel Perine, the day is particularly specia. more »»

Enoch explains origins of West Virginia’s seal

September 18, 2013 VIENNA — A relatively unknown local man played an important role in the formation of the State of West Virginia, a historian told a group of senior citizens in Vienna Thursday as part of celebration... more »»

Happy 150th, West Virginia!

June 20, 2013 WHEELING - West Virginia turns 150 years old today, and to mark the 35th state's birthday Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and state legislators gathered Wednesday at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling. more »»

The Intelligencer Marked First Day of a New State

June 20, 2013 Editor's note: This account of the day's statehood festivities appeared in the June 20, 1863, edition of the Daily Intelligencer of Wheeling. more »»

Birthday Block Bash

June 20, 2013 West Virginia legislators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin joined with local leaders at River City Ale Works in downtown Wheeling Wednesday to celebrate the Mountain State's 150th birthday. more »»

Documentary Chronicles State’s Creation

June 20, 2013 The western counties of Virginia had little in common with those in the East in the 1860s, and once Virginia seceded from the Union that made it easier for those counties to break away and form a ne... more »»

Historian Says Location Was Key to State, Name

June 19, 2013 WHEELING - If some would have had their way, the state now known as West Virginia would have been named Allegheny, Augusta, Kanawha or even Western Virginia. more »»

In Secession, Speed Was of the Essence

June 19, 2013 WHEELING - Constitutionality and expediency were the two main arguments that statehood proponents won to gain recognition of West Virginia as the 35th state, a visiting scholar said in Wheeling... more »»

Bell Will Ring Again To Mark Sesquicentennial

June 19, 2013 WHEELING - A chorus of church bells will ring in Wheeling at noon Thursday to mark West Virginia's 150th birthday - including one of the last to hold the distinction of also having tolled on June 20... more »»

Kennedy’s Kin To Be on Hand

June 19, 2013 A member of the Kennedy family will come to Wheeling this week on West Virginia's 150th birthday to honor the state's place in Kennedy family history and discuss the need to eliminate child poverty... more »»

Railroad Was ‘Economic Conduit’ for Mountain State

June 19, 2013 If not for the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, Dan Toomey believes it would have been much more difficult for West Virginia to secede from Virgini. more »»

Many ‘Firsts’ Put West Virginia on the Map

June 17, 2013 WHEELING - President Abraham Lincoln broke new ground in 1863 when he admitted West Virginia as the 35th state in the Union - so it seems fitting that those who have called the state's mountains and... more »»

Much History Hangs Behind W.Va.’s Flags

June 17, 2013 WHEELING - A long journey brought the first battle flags of West Virginia from the seamstress through the storm of battle, and nearly 150 years later some of these flags have come to rest in a quiet... more »»

City Plans to Celebrate State’s 150th Birthday

June 17, 2013 The city of Benwood will host its own celebration to commemorate West Virginia's 150th birthday this week. more »»

Legislators Coming to Town

June 17, 2013 WHEELING - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin kicks off West Virginia's 150th anniversary in Wheeling Wednesday during events at West Virginia Independence Hall. more »»

Wheeling Readies For State’s Birthday Bash

June 13, 2013 WHEELING -- Planning a birthday bash for an entire state is no small task, and Wheeling wants to make sure West Virginia's 150th is one to remember. more »»

‘Fanfare’ Heralds Sesquicentennial

June 13, 2013 WHEELING -- Drawing upon the Mountain State's motto, American composer Kenneth Fuchs has written "Forever Free, Fanfare-Overture for West Virginia" to celebrate the sesquicentennial of the 35th... more »»

Vienna to honor West Virginia’s birthday

June 13, 2013 VIENNA - "Mountaineers are always free." Many people don't know West Virginia has a pledge of allegiance, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp sai. more »»

150 Icons That Define West Virginia

June 10, 2013 CHARLESTON - Eleanor Steber, Chuck Yeager, John Corbett and Brad Paisley. Pattern glass from J.H. Hobbs, Brockunier & Co. and Central Glass Co. more »»

150 Years of West Virginia’s governors

June 6, 2013 -- Arthur Ingram Boreman, 1863-69, Republican, Wood County Boreman was born in Waynesburg, Pa., the son of a town merchant. At the age of four, he and his family moved to Middlebourne, Tyler County. more »»

 
 
 

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