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West Virginia Division of Culture and History opens online store


The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has established an online store for those interested in purchasing books, videos and music produced by the Division, current and previous issues of Goldenseal magazine and copies of photographs from the West Virginia State Archives. The store can be accessed from the Division’s website at

Currently, there are six books for sale, including two that were published by Goldenseal magazine. “Mountains of Music: West Virginia Traditional Music from Goldenseal” is a collection of articles from the magazine. “The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars” reprints 17 articles originally published from 1977-91, and includes dozens of historic photographs.

“From a ‘whirlpool of death . . . to victory’: Civil War Remembrances of Jesse Tyler Sturm, 14th West Virginia Infantry” relates Civil War stories of a Union veteran born in 1844 in Marion County, and “West Virginia History, Volume 59” highlights military service, looks at the State Archives online database of John Brown materials and more.

The Division’s latest publications also are available: “Marking Our Past: West Virginia’s Historical Highway Markers” contains locations, complete inscriptions and more than 100 photographs of the state’s highway markers. “Picturing West Virginia: A Century of Collecting by the West Virginia State Archives 1905-2005” is an eclectic selection of 150 photographs from the thousands of images that represent a century of collecting by the State Archives.

In addition to the books, patrons can buy the video “Vandalia: The Tradition Continues” (VHS format) which captures the sights and sounds of the annual Vandalia Gathering held at the Cultural Center and State Capitol grounds, and “Vandalia: The Music Never Dies” a double CD compilation of the music of the masters from the first 10 years of the festival. Shoppers also can subscribe to Goldenseal magazine, the Division’s quarterly publication of West Virginia traditional life, or purchase current and previous issues of the magazine.

The online store also has copies of selected photographs from the West Virginia State Archives collection. The photographs are available as 8” x 10” black and white prints.

For more information about the Division’s online store, contact Ginny Painter at (304) 558-0220.

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 for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Ginny Painter
Deputy Commissioner/Communications Manager
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Blvd., East
Charleston, WV  25305
Phone (304) 558-0220, ext. 120
Fax (304) 558-2779