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West Virginia Independence Hall Museum to host Historic Preservation Road Show on June 20, 2005

The State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present a Historic Preservation Road Show on Monday, June 20, from 2 - 4 p.m., at West Virginia Independence Hall Museum in Wheeling. The program, which is free and open to the public, is part of the Museum’s celebration of West Virginia Day.

Members of the SHPO staff will be available to answer questions relating to grants, certified local governments, tax credits, and other resources for preserving historic properties. The program also will serve as an overview of resources available from the SHPO. The Road Show has been partly financed with Federal funds from the National Park Service, Department of the Interior.

West Virginia Independence Hall Museum is considered the birthplace of West Virginia. Originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, the Museum served as the home of the pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861 and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1988 and one of the sites on the Civil War Discovery Trail, the museum is owned and operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation of the West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation.

West Virginia Independence Hall Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with the exception of major holidays, and is located in downtown Wheeling on the corner of 16 and Market Streets. For more information about the Museum, contact Gerry Reilly, site manager for the facility at (304) 238-1300.

For more information about the Historic Preservation Road Show, contact Andrea Keller of the SHPO staff, at (304) 558-0240, ext. 726.

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.

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Ginny Painter
Director of Public Information
West Virginia Division of Culture and History
The Cultural Center
1900 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305-0300
Phone (304) 558-0220
Fax (304) 558-2779
ginny.painter@wvculture.org