Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will be open to the public for Labor Day visitors on Monday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., wrapping up the “Aunt Jennie’s Festival” celebration activities. The celebration includes two outdoor concerts on Saturday, Sept. 5, from 4 - 10:30 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 6, from 1 - 6 p.m. The concerts will be held in the park’s Liz Spurlock Amphitheater, located about one-half mile from the museum.
Visitors are encouraged to come see the current exhibits on display. The We Are Marshall exhibit displays items produced as props for the movie production and actually used in the film of the same name, including a cheerleader’s megaphone and uniform; license plates from West Virginia and North Carolina and a Boone’s Restaurant menu, among others. DeHue . . . A Special Place examines aspects of coal camp life including business and social life; and Black Diamonds takes a look at coal mining throughout West Virginia, with an emphasis on the southern part of the state and showcases artifacts of tools, photographs and historical dialogue.
Other displays include Vandalia Award Winners, which has photographic portraits of some of the winners of the annual Vandalia Gathering held at the Culture Center and State Capitol Grounds in Charleston, including Logan native and legend Aunt Jennie Wilson; and Riding the Rails tells the story of railroad development in West Virginia. The exhibit has text panels with the history of railroad development, artifacts from the West Virginia State Museum collection and a photographic display with pictures from the museum collection, Del. Lynwood “Woody” Ireland’s (R-Ritchie) Collection, and the West Virginia State Archives Collection.
For more information, contact Elizabeth Williams, site manager at the Museum in the Park, at (304) 792-7229.
The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and the State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is located four miles north of Logan on West Virginia Route 10 at Chief Logan State Park. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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