W.Va. – A new exhibit is on display at the Culture Center, State Capitol
Complex in Charleston commemorating America’s entry into World War I. The
exhibit features 51 photographs and documents of life on the home front in West
Virginia as well as experiences in Europe. The images and documents were
selected from various collections in the State Archives.
display includes men leaving for training in various camps throughout the
United States, training exercises conducted, parades and bond drives to support
the war effort, Red Cross nurses and workers, discharge papers, and a telegram
announcing the death of a soldier. Featured are images of notable West
Virginians, including Louis Bennett Jr., founder of the West Virginia Flying
Corps; George Dayton, the first officer from West Virginia to die; James A.
Poindexter, an African-American that served in the Army for more than 13 years;
and Homer Holt, future governor of West Virginia. Among the West Virginia
communities represented are Charleston, Huntington, Fairmont, Sistersville and
Nitro. Many of the European images depict West Virginians in France. Many
people, cities and towns across the Mountain State are highlighted for their
exhibit will be on display through August 1.