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The West Virginia State Museum at The Culture Center


Discovery Room 21: Late 20th Century

Discovery Room 21

This room demonstrates the dramatic political and cultural changes West Virginia experienced between the 1950s and 1970s. One exhibit is dedicated to the numerous disasters that occurred during this period, namely the Silver Bridge collapse, Farmington mine disaster, Marshall University football team plane crash, Buffalo Creek flood, Willow Island scaffold collapse, and deadly floods. Other sections address the Miner for Democracy - a revolt by rank-and-file miners within the United Mine Workers of America - the 1960 presidential election, and antipoverty programs of the 1960s. The room features two AV presentations. (AV - Running times 4:11 & 5:12)

Special Thanks!
Videos courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki
Narrator: Beth Vorhees


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THE SHOWPATH
BREAKDOWN

DISCOVERY ROOM 1
AN ANCIENT LAND

DISCOVERY ROOM 2
PREHISTORIC PEOPLE

DISCOVERY ROOM 3
CONFLICT AND SETTLEMENT

DISCOVERY ROOM 4
FRONTIER LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 5
JOHN BROWN'S RAID

DISCOVERY ROOM 6
THE WAR WITHIN A STATE

DISCOVERY ROOM 7
THE CASE FOR STATEHOOD

DISCOVERY ROOM 8
THE BIG CITY

DISCOVERY ROOM 9
THE FAMILY FARM

DISCOVERY ROOM 10
THE COMPANY STORE

DISCOVERY ROOM 11
CHANGING ROLES OF WOMEN

DISCOVERY ROOM 12
TRAINS AND RAILROADS

DISCOVERY ROOM 13
BOATS AND RIVERS

DISCOVERY ROOM 14
INDUSTRIALIZATION

DISCOVERY ROOM 15
THE MINING LIFE

DISCOVERY ROOM 16
THE STATE CAPITOL

DISCOVERY ROOM 17
IT'S NOT ALL WORK

DISCOVERY ROOM 18
THE GREAT DEPRESSION

DISCOVERY ROOM 19
THE MINE WARS

DISCOVERY ROOM 20
WEST VIRGINIANS AT WAR

DISCOVERY ROOM 21
LATE 20th CENTURY

DISCOVERY ROOM 22
CELEBRATING WEST VIRGINIA

DISCOVERY ROOM 23
FROM HERE TO THERE

DISCOVERY ROOM 24
PAINTING AND SCULPTURE

DISCOVERY ROOM 25
A LEGACY OF CRAFTSMANSHIP

DISCOVERY ROOM 26
TRADITIONS OF MUSIC