Exploring West Virginia

Exploring West Virginia

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West Virginia Online

Continue your exploration of West Virginia history and culture online with these KCPL recommended websites.

West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Commission

The official site of the commission offers a collection of resources devoted to the history and anniversary of West Virginia statehood.

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A State of Convenience: The Creation of West Virginia

An online exhibit from the Department of Archives and History, this site explores the creation of the state in detail and features primary documents and images.

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The West Virginia Encyclopedia: The Sesquicentennial

A general overview of the creation of West Virginia and the commemoration of its 150th year.

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Event Resource Guide: West Virginia Civil War and Statehood Sesquicentennial

The West Virginia Division of Tourism's collection of internet links and event listings relating to the sesquicentennial.

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West Virginia Public Broadcasting: Sesquicentennial Moments

A fascinating selection of historical events culled from contemporary sources, including murder, immoral practices, and constant turmoil.

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National Park Service: Civil War Sites in WV

An interactive map which includes facts on commanders, battles, and more.

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George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War: Soldiers Database

This database listing soldiers, arranged by cemetery and offering causes of death, will interest genealogists and historians.

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West Virginia: "The Child of the Rebellion"

Impressive in its scope, this resource from the Department of Tourism presents lists of events and sites of interests as well as videos detailing West Virginia's early history.

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American Memory Historical Collections: West Virginia State Guide

Digitized items from the Library of Congress's collection, including documents from Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

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The National Archives: Is West Virginia Constitutional?

Explores the legality of West Virginia statehood and explains why the state is called "West Virginia" and not "New Virginia" or "Kanawha."

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Ordinances of the Convention, Assembled at Wheeling, on the 11th of June, 1861

The proceedings of a convention "called to declare against the secession of Virginia," which "was the first step toward the formation of the state of West Virginia."

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Commonwealth of Virginia v. State of West Virginia

When West Virginia left Virginia, the abandoned state began a lawsuit. Legal proceedings were still occurring as late as 1911, as this Supreme Court case demonstrates.

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Websites for Children

Here is a selection of West Virginia online resources–designed just for kids.

United States of America Geography

This website is designed as a resource for kids on United States geography. Visitors can begin by clicking on a state on the map provided or browse down to the alphabetized listing of states to click on. For each state, visitors can learn key facts, points of interest, information on population and culture, historical highlights, and more!

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Stately Knowledge: Facts about the United States

Presented by the Internet Public Library, this site focuses on basic facts about every state in the Union. Viewers interested in such facts as capital, population, governor and major industries will enjoy this site. In addition to providing viewers with comparisons between states on size and population, the site also includes various games which should help viewers enjoy learning about states.

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Quick Facts West Virginia

Basic facts about the state of West Virginia for children in grades 3-5. Find out the state flower, tree, song, largest cities and more. Also links to United States Congressional email and picture directories.

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