The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will celebrate West Virginia Days with an outdoor encampment on Saturday, June 21, from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., and Sunday, June 22, from 1 - 6 p.m. All activities are free and the public is invited to attend.
Reenactors from the Shawnee Trail Associates based in Chapmanville, and the Fort Lee Scouts from Fort Randolph in Point Pleasant, will live and work on the museum grounds wearing period clothing emulating the second half of the 18th century, some 60 or more years before West Virginia statehood. Visitors will be able to witness the lifestyle, living conditions, occupations and recreations of these early West Virginians. The groups will demonstrate candle-dipping, outdoor cooking, blacksmithing, surveying, weaponry, flintlock firings, and more. The reenactors are also gifted storytellers and will relate authentic events and tales of the original inhabitants, both Native American and European. Many of the participants portray actual historic characters of the time period.
Children’s craft classes will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Kids will be able to try their hand at making corn-husk dolls, basket weaving and beading.
Visitors also are encouraged to tour the Museum and see the exhibits on display. For more information about West Virginia Days at Museum in the Park, contact Elizabeth Williams, site manager for the facility, 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 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. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday, and 1 - 6 p.m. on Sunday.
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 Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural 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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