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Links and more information for the Golden Horseshoe test and the WV History Bowl are on a separate page: "Golden Horseshoe." See the menu at the top of the page.

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West Virginia has a new State Symbol!
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Oct. 11, 2017
Links to 2015-2016 WV Blue Book added to History/Research page. Info on the newest Official State Symbol added to State Symbols page.
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July 8, 2017
2017-2018 Golden Horseshoe information added.
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May 10, 2017
2017 Golden Horseshoe Ceremony video added.
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May 6, 2017
Golden Horseshoe winners list added. Waiting for video of the ceremony to be posted by the Dept. of Education.
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April 26, 2017
History Bowl results links added. More information on each State Symbol added. Several more pages checked/updated.
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March 17, 2017
Transportation page updated--broken links fixed and information from deactivated WV Tourism websites added--also moved transportation history related articles from History/Research page.
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March 6, 2017
Information and links added for all State Symbols.
Updates for Statehood/Civil War, including info from deactivated WV Tourism websites.
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February 14, 2017
Golden Horseshoe Online Test Schedule has changed--see the Golden Horseshoe page.
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February 6, 2017
"Walking Tour of the WV State Capitol" brochure scan is now on the "Special Places" page.
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November 6, 2016
Added National Park Service's "Teaching with Historic Places" which includes Arthurdale and Thurmond in WV, to Educator Resources
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October 3, 2016
Added to Educator Resources: WV Dept. of Natural Resources' "For Teachers" and WV State Museum's "A Digital Primer"
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August 21, 2016
2017 WV History Bowl schedule added.
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August 15, 2016
Video News! Most videos no longer need a YouTube connection to play on MH3WV!
You will NOT see comments, thumbnails for "related videos," nor advertisements.
A decreasing number of videos still need the connection; they are notated with "[YouTube connection required to watch this video]."

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August 8,2016
Added WV Public Broadcasting's "Inside Appalachia: WV's 1000 Year Flood" video to History/Research page.
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July 29, 2016
Added WV Public Television info and links for new WV STEAM video for "Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In-Demand" to Possibilities/Opportunities and to Educator Resources pages.
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July 14, 2016
Dates and other information for 2016-2017 Golden Horseshoe Test have been added.
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May 13, 2016
The Golden Horseshoe Induction Ceremony video is now on the Golden Horseshoe page.
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May 10, 2016
History Bowl Results also added.
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May 7, 2016
Golden Horseshoe Winners List now on the Golden Horseshoe page.
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February 6, 2016
Due to a revamp of their website, most WV Tourism links on MH3WV no longer work. We are trying to develop a "work-around."
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January 30, 2016
Links and information for the new PBS documentary "The Mine Wars" is now on the History/Research page, including a link to watch it on the PBS website. Teacher guides also added to Educator Resources page.
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January 27, 2016
A new page for Golden Horseshoe and History Bowl brings together info and links, including Practice Tests.
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December 12, 2015
In addition to regular updates, we will be working over the next few weeks to make it possible to view videos even if your school/county has blocked access to YouTube.
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November 14, 2015
Sheet music for 'The WV Hills', 'This is My WV', and 'WV My Home Sweet Home' added to the "Music" page.
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September 24, 2015
Table of Contents issue resolved--Thanks for your patience!
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September 17, 2015
A technical problem with the "table of contents" list on each page means the list is not appearing. We are working on it.
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August 31, 2015
Major updates to "History/Research" page and to "Educator Resources."
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Aug. 22, 2015
Info on student organizations and the WV STEAM videos added to Possibilities/Opportunities page.
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Aug. 17, 2015
2015-2016 Testing Schedules for Golden Horseshoe and WV History Bowl added to "Other" page.
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Aug. 12, 2015
A new page added: "National Forests/Parks/More" which also includes National Heritage Areas, Wildlife Refuges, Flood Control Dams, Watersheds and other Natural Features.
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Aug. 1, 2015
Many updates and additions, including Railroad History, Civil War, Possibilities/Opportunities, County Quizzes and more.
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May 27, 2015
updated and added to "Possibilities/Opportunities" page, including information on US Military Academies.
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May 12, 2015
A new page added: "State Parks and Forests" with links to websites and brochures for all Parks, Forests, Trails and selected Wildlife Management Areas.
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May 4, 2015
More county quizzes, answers to most bonus questions, and a list of counties and county seats among the additional items added to "Quizzes" page. Other miscellaneous additions on many pages of the website.
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March 24, 2015
A Brochure/Bookmark and now also a Mini-Poster of official state symbols can be printed from MH3WV's "WV State Symbols" page!
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Feb. 25, 2015
Two versions of "You Remind Me of West Virginia " added to Music page.
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Feb. 18, 2015
"Dolly Sods-The Movie" Part 1 returns to Special Places page.
Other minor updates continue.
Good Luck on the Golden Horseshoe and History Bowl!!
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Jan. 30, 2015
Update –When you click on a YouTube video on the MH3WV website, we go to the YouTube website to pull the video — without comments and “related videos” — for viewing on MH3WV, not on the YouTube website The Dept of Education informs us that if teachers log in through the WebTop, they should be able to access the YouTube videos on the MH3WV website. However, some individual counties have them blocked. There is nothing MH3WV can do.

Therefore, as we always have, MH3WV will continue to pre-screen the videos and links on this website for content and appropriateness and to ensure, for those who have YouTube access, that comments and “related video” thumbnails are not seen and that you are not directed to the YouTube website for viewing of videos.
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Jan. 21, 2015
YouTube videos on this site may not work on Dept of Education devices--we are working on a fix.
WV State Symbols posters are being sent to 8th grade classrooms around WV. Don't forget you can print a brochure of our symbols from the MH3WV State Symbols website.
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Jan. 5, 2015
In addition to the usual minor updates, two major items: 1-A new page for this website, which we call "Quizzing," with county and county seat quizzes. 2-The History Bowl Schedule is now available on the MH3WV "Other" page--and click the History Bowl link on this MH3WV Home page for application and other information.
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December 2, 2014
New Page added. WV150 includes all 50 of WV Public Broadcasting "West Virginia @150" one minute episodes celebrating our sesquicentennial. Also other sesquicentennial links.
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November 11, 2014
Continuing additions to most pages.
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October 11, 2014
Possibilities/Opportunites rearranged -- Information on US Military and Monarch Butterflies' need for milkweed added
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October 3, 2014
We are proud to announce MH3WV now has perhaps the first ever recording of "WV, My Home Sweet Home!"
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September 22, 2014
Ongoing updates to most pages.
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September 15, 2014
Major updates to Energy/Natural Resources and WV Made.
More to come!
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September 2, 2014
Major update to Statehood/Civil War.
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August 30, 2014
Revised Official Symbols brochure/bookmark now online--Print your own! Still to come, major additions to Statehood/Civil War, WV Made, and Energy/Natural Resources.
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August 24, 2014
Links to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ now working--Instagram still to come--all at bottom of Home page. Site search box now at top of each page.
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August 12, 2014
Many more Possibilities/Opportunities added; more Statehood/Civil War, WV Made, and Energy/Natural Resources still to come. Also, Official Symbols being revised to include some that even the Blue Book didn't have!
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July 31, 2014
Major update made to History/Research. Updates to Possibilities/Opportunities, WV Made, Energy/Natural Resources and Statehood/Civil War still to come.
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July 25, 2014
Content added to Educator Resources, dozens of new listings to Special Places. Still to come--extensive updates to WV Made, Possibilities/Opportunities, History/Research, Energy/Natural Resources, and Statehood/Civil War.
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July 22, 2014
Content added to Music-including 3 versions of "Simple Gifts."
Dozens more Special Places being added.
New page created for Educator Resources--content still to come. You can now print your own Official Symbols brochure!
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July 17, 2014
Most technical issues corrected. Transportation page totally replaced. Content added to several other pages, as well. Still much more to come.
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June 20, 2014
Website active on West Virginia's 151st Birthday! A few technical glitches and much, much more content to come!
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This website, "The One Stop Start" for Golden Horseshoe Test and other WV Studies information, was launched on June 20, 2014, and regularly updated since then, most recently on March 19, 2017.

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