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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 West Virginia Independence Hall, located in Wheeling, WV. 

Originally constructed as the Customs House for the most Western sections of what was then Virginia. The structure was completed as the Civil War began. As the Civil War raged on, Independence Hall hosted debates on pertinent issues such as slavery and statehood. In 1863 West Virginia became its own state with loyalty to the Union. 

The building was restored to its original form in 1969, including the removal of a previously added floor. The building’s architectural style is marked by its large rounded windows and natural stone construction, being an early example of Renaissance Revival. 

Independence Hall is open six days a week with permanent exhibits and rotating. One such exhibit is display of Civil War Battle Flags “Waving for Liberty & The Union.” The gift shop features unique West Virginia themed items. Visit their website here: http://www.wvculture.org/museum/WVIHmod.html


Are you interested in learning more about Museums for All, an initiative dedicated to expanding community access?  Join staff from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Association of Children’s Museums on July 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern to learn more about how and why 400 museums participate in the program. Find more information on how to attend the informational webinar on the IMLS website.