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West Virginia History Day

February 20, 2020

Come celebrate the Twenty-fourth Annual West Virginia History Day on Thursday, February 20, 2020. The event will be held at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex during the 2nd session of the 84th West Virginia Legislature. West Virginia History Day is officially designated by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission as a special day to recognize the state's rich and varied history. Other co-sponsors of the event are Mining Your History Foundation, Preservation Alliance of West Virginia, Inc., West Virginia Association of Museums, West Virginia Historical Society, West Virginia Humanities Council, and West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History.

Please make note of these important dates:

December 31, 2019. - Deadline for submission of the History Hero Nomination Form. Must be postmarked by that date. If delivering to Archives and History in person, the deadline for hand-delivery is Tuesday, December 31, by 12:00 p.m.

A list of History Hero recipients from previous years is available at

January 30, 2020. - Deadline for submission of the Display Space Reservation Form.


IMPORTANT: This year’s display space at the capitol will be severely limited by the construction work on the dome. The entire rotunda area is unavailable. Displays will be limited to the House and Senate foyers, which means that only about one-half the number of displays will be able to set up for History Day. Because of construction, the publicly accessible WiFi that originates in the cafeteria is not available in the display areas.

Interactive PDFs of these forms are available on the Archives and History Web site:

History Hero Nomination FormPDF
Display Space Reservation FormPDF

You may submit the completed PDF of the Display Space Reservation Form electronically by e-mail. You should save the completed form to your computer first and then e-mail it as an attachment. The online History Hero Nomination Form cannot be submitted electronically and must be printed out, signed, and delivered by hand or by regular mail via the Post Office or other postal carrier.

In completing the Display Space Reservation Form, remember to mark if you need electricity. Assignments are made on a first come, first served basis.

Also regarding the Display Space Reservation Form, in addition to organization name, we must have the name, complete mailing address, and phone number for your organization's contact person. We are required to provide this information to General Services before History Day.

We will send notification of receipt of these forms to the contact person. It will be sent by e-mail if the contact person provided an e-mail address and by regular mail if an e-mail address is not given. If you do not hear from us within two weeks of sending your form(s), contact us immediately. That likely means we have not received any form(s) from you!

If you have questions, please contact Mary Johnson by e-mail or at (304) 558-0230.

We look forward to a great History Day in 2020!

West Virginia Archives and History

West Virginia Archives and History