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Preserving the Story and Soul of the Mountain State

The mission of the West Virginia Association of Museums is to serve, educate, advocate for, and enhance communications within the museum community. WVAM carries out this mission by listening to its members and serving their interests and by keeping the members abreast of current standards and activities on a national scale.

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Featured Museum


      This month’s featured member museum is the West Virginia Mine Wars Museum. Located in Matewan, WV this museum aims to preserve and share the legacy of mining in West Virginia with the public. The museum is housed in a building with the bullet holes from the Matewan Massacre shoot out which took place on May 19, 1920. The museum holds the largest collections of mining related artifacts, which occur in many forms. The museum attributes its success to Mr. Kenny King, whose artifacts are now key components in the museum collection. Exhibits include information on coal cap life, various strikes, marches, and conflicts.

     The history of unions is often intermingled with West Virginia Coal History, and this museum helps to tell that story to the public. The WV Mine Wars Museum is also known for its community involvement and continued investment in the communities it represents. Currently the museum in conjunction with the community, is preparing events for the 100th anniversary of the battle of Bair Mountain which will take place August 25, 2021.

     The museum is open Friday and Saturdays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm through the Spring and Summer. Guests are requested to contribute a $5 donation. Visit the museum website here: https://www.wvminewars.com/visitor-info


    Join the West Virginia Association of Museums, and Wheeling archivist Laura Carroll at the Ohio County Public Library for a full day workshop. WVAM Members may attend for $10.00 and non-members for $20.00. The cost of attendance includes lunch, and materials needed for the workshop.
     Are you working in a small house museum, historical society or library? Do you have family papers, organizational records or photographs that you don’t know what to do with? This workshop will provide an introduction to archival principles, standards, and practices and provide the tools for better intellectual and physical control of your collections. Topics include the fundamentals of archival appraisal, acquisition, arrangement and description, access, digitization, and outreach. The workshop will use a hybrid approach that will include both lecture and hands-­on exercises with the primary goal of providing a basic grounding in archival management which will empower participants to feel more comfortable working with archival materials in their repository.


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