West Virginia history

November 13, 1923: Attorney Virginia Mae Brown Born in Putnam County

Nov 13, 2017
Virginia Mae Brown
e-wv, The West Virginia Encyclopedia / West Virginia State Archives

Attorney Virginia Mae Brown was born at Pliny, in Putnam County, on November 13, 1923. After graduating from the West Virginia University College of Law, she forged a pioneering career in government. In 1952—before she’d turned 30—Brown became the first woman to serve as assistant attorney general in West Virginia history.

In 1961, Governor Wally Barron named her West Virginia Insurance Commissioner, the first woman to hold that post in any state. The next year, Brown became the first woman ever appointed to a state Public Service Commission.

April 19, 1889: Susan Dew Hoffone Licensed to Practice Medicine in W.Va.

Apr 19, 2016
Susan Dew Hoff
e-WV Encyclopedia

On April 19, 1889, Susan Dew Hoff passed the state medical exam, becoming one of the first licensed women physicians in West Virginia history. As a youth, the Hampshire County native had moved with her family to West Milford in Harrison County, where her father was a doctor. She sometimes accompanied him on house calls. And he encouraged her to pursue a medical career, but medical colleges were closed to women in the mid-1800s.

Benjamin L. Rosenbloom
e-WV Encyclopedia

Former Congressman Benjamin Rosenbloom died in Cleveland on March 22, 1965, at age 84. Rosenbloom, the only Jewish congressman in West Virginia history, was born in Pennsylvania and attended West Virginia University, where he played football in 1901 and 1902. He went on to study law at WVU and was admitted to the state bar in 1904. He was a practicing lawyer in Wheeling until his retirement in 1951.

Doug Estepp / Coal Country Tours

West Virginia is expected to be in the national spotlight on January 26 in an episode of the PBS documentary series, American Experience.

West Virginia Humanities Council.

Watch in four parts, Monday-Thursday, Sept. 7-10 at 8 p.m. on WVPB.

Teams of 8th grade students from around West Virginia will face off Tuesday in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History Quick Quizzes and Daily Trivia.

Golden Horseshoe
West Virginia Division of Culture and History

More than 220 eighth graders are being honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.   

A ceremony is set for Friday at the state Culture Center in Charleston to recognize the top-scoring students in each county.

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On the anniversary of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, many don’t realize the many links between the 16th President and the Mountain State. 

Provided by Rod Rogers

On Monday, August 11, 1924, Clarksburg native John W. Davis returned to his hometown to accept the Democratic Party’s nomination for president. He still holds a place in state history as the only West Virginia to ever receive a major party’s nomination for the position.

After a day of meetings, parades and celebrations, Davis took the stage in the Clarksburg neighborhood of Goff Plaza. With a major storm rolling in, he stood under and umbrella and accepted the nomination amid the sound of thunder and fireworks, set off prematurely.

National Park Service

The National Park Service is offering Ranger-Guided hikes in Summers and Fayette Counties this holiday weekend. All ranger programs are free unless otherwise noted. The NPS suggests hikers wear comfortable walking shoes. Hikers might also consider bringing water, snacks, camera and binoculars Below is a list of this weekend’s featured ranger programs:

In Summers County, interested hikers should meet at the base of Pipestem Resort State Park tramway at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2014. From there rangers will guide two hikes:

 

As part of FestivALL, the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame is hosting a game show called “West Virginia Squares.” Based on the popular “Hollywood Squares” game show, “West Virginia Squares” will feature questions about West Virginia  music and history. 

The show will be hosted by Peter Marshall, the original host of the show and a proud West Virginia native. Shows will be taped at 7 and 8:30 p.m. on June 23 and again on June 24.

The show will be streamed live on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Youtube page. It will also be available right here on wvpublic.org. 

West Virginia: The Road To Statehood Nominated For Emmy

Jun 9, 2014

West Virginia: The Road to Statehood,  which premiered on West Virginia PBS last June, has been nominated for a regional Emmy Award in the Ohio Valley Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The film is one of four nominees in the “Documentary – Historical” category.

Teams of 8th grade students from around West Virginia faced off Tuesday in an academic bowl competition that focused on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

The questions for the history bowl are largely drawn from questions found in the Archives and History Quick Quizzes and Daily Trivia.

W.Va. Courthouses are Living Monuments to Democracy

Dec 30, 2013
The Walkabout Company, Wheeling, W. Va / W. Va. Association of Counties

The Wood County Courthouse, the Wetzel County Courthouse and the Kanawha County Courthouse look strikingly similar.  Each are tan stone block buildings with deep red roofs built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style popular in the 1890's and 1910's when they were designed and constructed.  That's just one thing you'll learn when browsing through the pictures of a new book about West Virginia's courthouses.  "West Virginia's Living Monuments: The Courthouses" is a product of the West Virginia Association of Counties and was just published this year.

You Can Make History Alive!

Dec 3, 2013
Actor, Gen. Lee portrayer
W.Va. Humanities Council

The West Virginia Humanities Council is seeking applications from individuals interested in portraying historical figures with statewide name recognition for the Council's popular History Alive! program. Portrayals of historically significant people no longer living, from any period of history, are eligible for consideration. For people with an interest in history, theater, or both, History Alive! offers a meaningful opportunity to expand those pursuits while helping to enlighten and educate West Virginians.