The exhibit found in Independence Hall museum in Wheeling WV highlights the individuals who were responsible for creating the the state in the midst of the Civil War. The men who served governor, legislators, conventions, delegates and in other positions in the new government of West Virginia and restored government of Virginia.
I think that the annual history bowl event helps in nurturing and inspiring West Virginia's children in embracing their potential to make a difference in the world. The founder of this event, Mr. Randahll, gave a short speech before the competition begun and he said that he's been all over Europe for years but came back to West Virginia because it is is HOME. He teased the crowd that people who have never been in WV is missing out.
With statues being torn down these days, I am glad that you can still learn the history through museums like this."West Virginia: Born of the Civil War." : You can find and see the permanent exhibition, located on the first floor of the museum. It features dramatic displays with period artifacts. If you are into history, you can explore the statehood process against the background of the Civil War. It's a pretty neat experience.
"Nearly six years before President Lincoln signed the proclamation making West Virginia the 35th State in the Union, the construction had begun on the Wheeling Custom House, the headquarters for federal offices for the Western District of Virginia. Its completion, coinciding with the beginning of the Civil War, provided a facility for heated political discussions and constitutional conventions that led to eventual statehood for West Virginia in 1863. Here, issues dividing many Virginians - slavery being one of many - were debated, compromised and shaped into the skeleton of statehood. Serving as the Restored Government of Virginia (aligned with the Union) from 1861-1863, it is appropriately known today as West Virginia Independence Hall."
There's so much info to absorb but unfortunately I did not have enough time to read all of them. All I could do was to snap some quick shots of the interesting things
These tools represents the iron reproduction in West Virginia back in the day. Mining is also one of the biggest thing in WV back in the day.
We plan to go back there one day just so we could fully absorb and see all the infos in the display.
Steamboats and trains are two biggest part of transportation of coal and other products back in the day in West Virginia. There's still trains and steamboat these days and it is so neat to see the old ones that was used in the civil war era.
Wheeling is the civil war capitol of Virginia, a birthplace of West Virginia. This is where West Virginia was born.