CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The
West Virginia Division of Culture and History will commemorate West Virginia
Day with festivities on Tuesday, June 20. The Culture Center at the State
Capitol Complex in Charleston, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in
Moundsville, Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park in Logan and West
Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling will all offer free family activities
and are open to the public at 9 a.m.
Festivities will begin at 9 a.m. at the Culture Center with the sale of a
commemorative Blenko glass piece. From 10 a.m. to noon there will be youth
activities in the Education Room. Thorny Lieberman, architectural photographer
and author, will speak on his new book, The West Virginia State Capitol
Building, available fall 2017, at 11 a.m. in the Great Hall. At noon,
birthday cake will be cut and cupcakes will be available for all guests.
Visitors also are encouraged to stop by and sign the state’s birthday card to
commemorate the day.
Grave Creek Mound will host activities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special
family-oriented crafts will be offered along with an all-day showing of “West
Virginia: A Film History,” a documentary series produced by the West Virginia
History Film Project and the West Virginia Humanities Council. Visitors can
make gold and blue West Virginia necklaces using beads and patterns at the
Discovery Table. Guests can also try the “West Virginia Scavenger Hunt in a
Bottle,” where participants will add various small items, including a happy
birthday message, to a plastic bottle filled with blue and yellow rice.
Museum in the Park will celebrate the Mountain State’s birthday by hosting the
program “Museum in the Park Rocks.” Visitors can stop by throughout the day to
paint rocks with any design the artist chooses along with a special message. The
crafter will then be asked to hide the rock in a place of their choosing to be
found by someone else. The distance the rock travels will then be tracked on
the museum’s Facebook page.
West Virginia Independence Hall will host activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Life-size cardboard cutouts of both a Union and Confederate soldier with open
face holes will be available for photograph opportunities. Visitors can listen
to a recording of the reading of Proclamation 100 – Admitting West Virginia
into the Union. The recording will play on a continuous loop. Guests also will
be able to enjoy refreshments, including a birthday cake.