Lesson Plans and ExercisesArchives and History has created educational Web site and primary source activities for classroom use. Also available are maps, charts, and graphs for use by teachers in developing their own projects.
West Virginia History CenterThe History Center offers links to various features, guides, programs, publications, and history topics. Included are materials on Civil War, Disasters, Education, Government and Politics, Women, and much more.
Quick QuizzesThese 10-question each, multiple-choice quizzes test knowledge on West Virginia and are a great study tool for the Golden Horseshoe.
Daily TriviaThe "Daily Trivia" is another useful tool for students studying for the Golden Horseshoe.
On This Day in West Virginia HistoryDid you know that renowned African American scholar Henry Louis Gates graduated from Piedmont High School on June 12, 1968? Or, that President Abraham Lincoln signed the West Virginia Statehood bill on December 31, 1862? These are just two of the events included in "On This Day in West Virginia History", a feature that presents one or more events for every day of the year, with links to additional information.
West Virginia Highway Historical MarkersSince 1937, highway historical markers have been located along West Virginia highways to mark sites associated with notable events and people. Text of these markers is available in a searchable database.
Audio-Video ClipsSee footage of school integration at Matoaka in 1957, the Farmington mine explosion in 1968 and the Buffalo Creek disaster in 1972, and President Franklin Roosevelt and the Mountain State Forest Festival in 1936. These and dozens more clips from footage in the collections of the West Virginia State Archives can be viewed.
Child of the Rebellion: An Archives and History Sesquicentennial ProjectCommemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War in West Virginia and West Virginia statehood, "Child of the Rebellion" contains a timeline of events, 1861-1865, and a weekly timeline trivia question, digital images of letters from the Union militia portion of the Adjutant General's Collection, Civil War and Statehood photographs, lists of recruiting officers and African American soldiers from West Virginia, and more.
Online ExhibitsArchives and History offers several online exhibits on West Virginia topics. Below are links to a few of them; others are available through our online exhibits page.
West Virginia History BowlIn 2010, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) began an exciting new challenge for eighth graders to test their West Virginia history - the West Virginia History Bowl Tournament. Teams of students from around the state face off in an academic bowl competition that focuses on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.
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