Exploring West Virginia

Exploring West Virginia

Remembering Our Past

A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State

cover photo: A History of the West Virginia Capitol: The House of State by Jim Wallace 975.437 W19h

The Capitol has been through a lot over the years from burning, to a debate on its location and the construction of its signature crown. This book provides readers with the full story of its history.

Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal

cover photo: Thunder on the Mountain: Death at Massey and the Dirty Secrets Behind Big Coal by Peter A. Galuszka 363.1196 G18t

Traces the April 2010 disaster, contending that Massey Energy's defiance of regulators resulted in safety violations and perpetuated a corporate culture that prioritized profits over lives, communities and the environment.

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November Ever After: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph in the Wake of the 1970 Marshall Football Plane Crash

cover photo: November Ever After: A Memoir of Tragedy and Triumph in the Wake of the 1970 Marshall Football Plane Crash by Craig T. Greenlee 378.975442 G81n

Marshall University lost nearly its entire football team on Nov. 14, 1970, when 75 players, coaches and fans perished in a plane crash. This is their legacy.

The Feud: The Hatfields & The McCoys, the True Story

cover photo: The Feud: The Hatfields & The McCoys, the True Story by Dean King 364.256 K52f

Drawing upon years of original research, including the discovery of previously lost and ignored documents and interviews with relatives of both families, bestselling author Dean King finally gives us the full, unvarnished tale, one vastly more enthralling than the myth.

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New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943

cover photo: New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 by Betty Rivard 975.4042 N53

New Deal Photographs of West Virginia, 1934-1943 presents images of the state's northern and southern coalfields, the subsistence homestead projects of Arthurdale, Eleanor, and Tygart Valley, and various communities from Charleston to Clarksburg and Parkersburg to Elkins. With more than 150 images by ten FSA photographers, including Walker Evans, Marion Post Wolcott, Arthur Rothstein, and Ben Shahn, this collection is a remarkable proclamation of hardship, hope, endurance, and, above all, community.

West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers are Always Free

cover photo: West Virginia and the Civil War: Mountaineers are Always Free by Mark A. Snell 975.403 S67w

West Virginia was the only state to be born from the Civil War. Take a trip back in time to learn more about the Civil War and its effect on the state.

Highway to History: A Midland Trail Scrapbook

cover photo: Highway to History: A Midland Trail Scrapbook by James E. Casto 975.4 qC35h

The Midland Trail is a highway to history. In the country's earliest years, it carried the tide of settlement westward. During the Civil War, both Union and Confederate troops marched along it. In the years before World War I, it became a link in a great transcontinental roadway. When numbered highways were introduced, it was designated U.S. 60. Today, there's history waiting around every bend of its 180 miles.

The Practical Mountaineer Handbook

catalog link: The Practical Mountaineer Handbook by Dean Six 974 S62p

This booklet tells you some of the things you need to know to live in the West Virginia hills. Ramps, garden planting, animals, kitchen know-how and more are covered in its 34 pages.

Historic Photos of West Virginia

cover photo: Historic Photos of West Virginia by Gerald D. Swick 917.54 qS97h

These black-and-white photos from the state and national archives capture the rich history of West Virginia in vivid detail.

Laughter from the Hills

cover photo: Laughter from the Hills by Alice Faye Bragg B B8132L

Bragg is a popular West Virginia newspaper columnist who writes stories about her love for her family, nature and state. This is her third book.

Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia

cover photo: Mountain Mists: Appalachian Folkways of West Virginia by Carol Ann Gillespie 975.4 G47m

Captured within these pages are folkways and customs of the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Life and death, birth and burial, sickness and health, premonitions and superstitions are all recounted here for you to read and enjoy.

West Virginia Railroads: Railroading in the Mountain State

cover photo: West Virginia Railroads: Railroading in the Mountain State by Thomas W. Dixon 385.0973 qD62w

Dixon has served as president of the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society since its inception in 1969 and has written numerous books on railroads in West Virginia.

Coal Camps and Castor Oil: Tales from the Good Old Days in Southern West Virginia

917.54 qC65

In January of 2009, old-timers in southern West Virginia were asked to share their memories of the "good old days." They were invited to write letters describing interesting, humorous, unusual "happenings" from the past. Most of them were born prior to 1940, and the majority grew up in West Virginia. They were not selected from any particular group or social class, nor were they expected to have any special writing ability or talent. From their responses, 504 were chosen to be included in this book.

West Virginia: Mountain Air

cover photo: West Virginia: Mountain Air by Lucian Niemeyer 917.54 qN67w

More than 160 beautiful color photos enable readers to explore West Virginia, from rolling countryside and scenic farms to small towns and big cities. For those with a passion for travel, scenic beauty, and mountain retreats.

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