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“West Virginia’s 150th Birthday” – WV Sesquicentennial Commission

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Explore “WV Sesquicentennial Commission” Website

    “WV150 in 3-D: A Century and a Half of West Virginia Pride”

“The 3-D projection was created and produced by Monster Media 3D, and the fireworks show was produced by Zambelli.”  (7:00/2013/Governor Earl Ray Tomblin)

 


 

“WV150 Sesquicentennial” – WV Culture & History

 

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Explore WV Culture & History’s “WV150 Sesquicentennial” Website

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    “Sesquicentennial Moments”

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“A brief look back at West Virginia’s History.”

Explore WV Culture and History’s “Sesquicentennial Moments” Website  pdf

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    “WV150 Online Sesquicentennial Exhibit”

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“The WV150 Sesquicentennial Exhibit celebrates our statehood from 1860 to the present with an eclectic collection of West Virginia artifacts and art.  Many of the suggestions for what to showcase in the exhibit came from West Virginians.”

Explore WV Culture and History’s ” WV-150 Online Sesquicentennial Exhibit” Website – Time periods index at bottom of each page. Click on photos for larger images.



“West Virginia @ 150 – One Minute Celebrations of West Virginia’s 150 Years”

     – WV Public Broadcasting – WV Tourism – WV & Regional History Center at WVU

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(@1:30/2013/WV Public Broadcasting)


 

    1863 – West Virginia Becomes the 35th State

 


    1869 – Helvetia is Settled

 


    1872 – “Harper’s” Publishes Porte Crayon’s “The Mountains”

 


    1882 – The Hatfield – McCoy Feud

 


    1897 – The Last Public Hanging in West Virginia

 


    1907 – The Monongah Mine Disaster

 


 

    1910 – Mother’s Day Established


 

    1912 – The Paint Creek Strike

 


    1914 – The Eccles Mine Disaster

 


 

    1920 – The End of West Virginia’s Ancient Forests

 


    1920 – The Matewan Massacre

 


 

    1921 – The Battle of Blair Mountain

 


 

    1924 – Don Knotts Born

 


 

    1927 – Blind Alfred Reed Discovered at the Bristol Sessions

 


    1928 – The Silver Bridge Opens

 


 

    1930 – Hawks Nest Tunnel Work Begins

 


 

    1932 – West Virginia’s New Capitol Building

 


 

    1932 – The Lilly Brothers’ Radio Debut

 


 

 

    1933 – West Virginia’s First CCC Camp

 


 

    1934 – Arthurdale Founded

 


 

    1935 – Hazel Dickens Born

 


 

    1936 – Pare Lorentz Makes His First Documentary

 


    1941 – USS West Virginia Sinks in Pearl Harbor

 


 

    1945 – Woody Williams Wins the Congressional Medal of Honor

 


    1947 – The Hammons Family’s First Recording

 


 

    1947 – Chuck Yeager Breaks the Sound Barrier

 


 

    1952 – Johnnie Johnson Hires Chuck Berry

 


 

    1954 – The West Virginia Turnpike Opens

 


    1956 – The Green Bank Telescope – National Radio Astronomy Observatory Founded

 


    1959 – Jerry West & the National Championship

 


 

    1960 – JFK Wins in West Virginia

 


 

    1963 – Cass Scenic Railroad Opens

 


 

    1968 – The Farmington Mine Disaster

 


 

    1970 – The Marshall Plane Crash

 

    1971 – West Virginia’s First Ski Resort

 


    1972 – The Buffalo Creek Flood

 


 

    1972 – “Lean On Me” from Bill Withers

 


 

    1974 – The Kanawha County Textbook Controversy


    1977 – The New River Gorge Bridge Opens

 


    1978 – The New River Gorge National River Established

 


 

    1981 – Mountain Stage Begins

 


    1983 – Kathy Mattea Signs First Record Deal

 


 

    1984 – Mary Lou Retton Wins Olympic Gold Medal

 


 

    1985 – The Flood of 1985

 


 

    1988 – “Chillers” The Movie

 


 

    2003 – Army Bridge Built in Iraq

A West Virginia Reserve Company is the first Army unit since World War II to build a bridge under fire.

 


    2006 – The Sago Mine Disaster

 


 

    2009 – Robert C. Byrd Becomes the Longest Serving US Politician

 


 

    2010 – The Upper Big Branch Mine Explodes

 


 

    2012 – WVU Wins the Orange Bowl

 


 


 


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