W.Va. – The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will open a new
exhibit to document early transportation and the construction of roads
throughout West Virginia. The opening and small reception will take place
Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Culture Center, State Capitol
Complex in Charleston. The program is free and open to the public.
exhibit will feature 48 photographs and an October 1935 road map from the
collections of the West Virginia State Archives. Included are images of the
early turnpike system predating the formation of West Virginia, early road
construction, construction of Kanawha Boulevard, West Virginia Turnpike
construction and New River Gorge Bridge construction. Other images include the
condition of early roads throughout the state and the equipment and people that
endeavored to improve these conditions. Many of the early road construction
photos are from the 1920s and 30s depicting the conditions early motorists
from the collection of the West Virginia State Museum and items loaned from the
Department of Highways also will be on display and will feature a large replica
of the New River Gorge Bridge. The display will discuss the James River and
Kanawha Canal Company, the National Road, early development of the highway
system after the invention of the automobile along with the construction of the
West Virginia Turnpike, interstates and corridors.
addition to observing the history of transportation in the Mountain State and
the governor’s highway economic development program, this exhibit will mark the
40th anniversary of the opening of the New River Gorge Bridge and the 50th
anniversary of the collapse of the Silver Bridge. The exhibit will be on
display through December and is located along the state museum exit gallery in
the Great Hall of the Culture Center.
more information about the exhibit, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner
for the division, at (304) 558-0220 or email@example.com.
West Virginia Division of Culture and History is proud to be able to present
its programs at no charge to the public but without a solution to the state’s
budget situation, this could be the last year that programs of this type could
be offered. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, is an agency
within the Office of Secretary of Education and the Arts with Gayle Manchin,
cabinet secretary. It brings together the past, present and future through
programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic
preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs,
events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org.
The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action