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Welcome to the History news directory at West Virginia Explorer, where you’ll find an archive of the most recent West Virginia history news published at West Virginia Explorer.

Carnifex Tunnel to close, deemed irreparably unsafe

Carnifex Tunnel, Gauley River National Recreation Area
Long a highlight of a trek along a remote reach of the Meadow River in the Gauley River National Recreation Area, the Carnifex Tunnel...

WVU to release book on history, symbol of the Mountaineer

Mountaineers Are Always Free will be released by the WVU Press to the public in early spring of 2020.
The West Virginia University Mountaineer is not just a mascot: it's a symbol of West Virginia history and identity embraced throughout the Mountain State. Rosemary...

How a circus clown helped relocate W.Va. capital to Charleston

Lolo, the clown, helped establish Charleston as the capital of West Virginia.
It might sound like a joke, but it's true that a circus clown helped relocate the West Virginia capital from Wheeling to Charleston, its...

Open house set at historic Dunlap farm, cemetery

The Dunlap farmhouse appears much as it did in 1830.
Historians and history buffs are invited to an open house at the historic Dunlap farm and cemetery at Red Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, in...

Civil War initiative clarifies Stonewall role at historic tavern

Installing the new signboard from left to right are David Sibray, Becky Sullivan, Dr. Scott Keffer, and Randy Burdette.
Historians working with a landmark tavern near America's newest national park are clarifying the role of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson at the site, which served...

Shepherd Civil War center offers series of free online programs

The George Tyler Moore Center for Civil War History occupies one of many historic structures in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
The Civil War center at Shepherd University is hosting a series of free programs online beginning April 17 to help inform, educate, and entertain...

Winter weekend at North Bend State Park to highlight '60s

Visitors dine at North Bend State Park circa 1965
Scheduled for the weekend of Jan. 19-21, the annual Winter Wonder Weekend this year at North Bend State Park will feature hiking, crafts, and...

Roosevelt's first social experiment remains in Preston County

The center hall at Arthurdale , West Virginia
The Kingwood Pike climbs slowly from the valley of the Monongahela River at Morgantown into the Allegheny highlands atop the Chestnut Ridge, and from...

Civil War lecture series set for Sept. 28 in Charleston

"The Ascent of Gauley Mountain, in Western Virginia by the Twelfth Ohio Regiment," from Harpers Illustrated, October 5, 1861.
West Virginia Archives and History will present a series of four hour-long lectures regarding West Virginia during the Civil War on Saturday, Sept. 28,...

Annual Mountain Games competition tests pioneer skills

A competitor throws a tomahawk during the annual Mountain Games competition at Heritage Farms near Huntington, West Virginia.
Survival on the Appalachian frontier required unique skills around which the fourth annual Mountain Games competition September 21 at Heritage Farm near Huntington, West...

Historic Antietam maps donated to Shepherd Civil War center

Dr. James Broomall and Monica Lingenfelter flank a map with Bill and Bonnie Stubblefield.
Maps donated to the George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War will give researchers in the Battle of Antietam a...

Grant funding available for coal heritage projects

Map of the National Coal Heritage Area
The National Coal Heritage Area Authority is seeking proposals for funding for projects that support community efforts to interpret, preserve, and promote coal heritage...

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