Free Family Fun Day to explore West Virginia history at the Cultural Center

6/21/01

Put on your thinking cap and head over to the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston as the West Virginia Division of Culture and History continues its Free Family Fun Day series on Saturday, June 30, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Hands-on activities are geared for children; however, visitors of all ages are invited to discover something new by participating in the free event.

In honor of West Virginia’s 138th year of statehood, participants will gather in the Great Hall to explore their West Virginia heritage through a variety of activities. They will discover how West Virginia became a state and why the State Capitol is located in Charleston, and will draw the state seal and state flag. Children also can create their own Civil War soldier out of clay and paint his uniform.

They will learn about the land’s early inhabitants and its first settlers, and will explore early modes of transportation in the state by building and decorating a paddle boat. The importance of coal in the state’s recent history will be examined and participants will make a coal garden.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the nature of the activities, children should wear play clothes. Free Family Fun Day is an ongoing series that occurs on the last Saturday of every month. For more information, call Bil Lepp, education coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 131.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.