Founded in 2009, the Wyoming County Historical Museum celebrates the rich history of Wyoming County! Located in Oceana, the museum is completely free to visitors and has a multitude of unique items from a variety of eras including prehistoric, exploration, and settlement as well as local family histories. The museum engages the public through creative events and activities such as photo scavenger hunts, Civil War days, group tours, and kid-friendly activities at local schools. They welcome new volunteers, especially younger people so that the appreciation of history can continue for years to come. If you wish to support the museum, visit their Facebook page to see the many items for sale in their shop.
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Mark Your Calendars for Our Annual Conference and Meeting
Join WVAM as we build our museum community and take over Charleston! Communities are ever expanding entities; people come and go, interests change over time, and new ideas and time-tested tactics must come into play to both maintain and build relationships. By strengthening our community ties, whether within our organization, county, state, or nationally, we can better serve as stewards and advocates for culture, science, and history.
We are now accepting Session Proposals for our 2018 Conference. Please fill out the downloadable form below and return a digital copy to email@example.com or mail your form to
West Virginia Association of Museums
P.O. Box 4589
Morgantown, WV 26504
Deadline for proposals is October 15th.
The Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) proudly announces the 18th annual Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI 2018). Scheduled for January 16 – 23, 2018, JIMI is specifically designed for administrators from new and emerging museums and for museum professionals with subject area expertise desiring knowledge of general museum administration and operations. The deadline for JIMI 2018 applications is October 15, 2017.
Located on historic Jekyll Island, GA, this highly successful training program provides a unique eight-day immersion for museum professionals seeking the opportunity to learn management, personnel and interpretive skills from leading experts. Sessions include management styles, administration and trusteeship, strategic planning, fundraising and marketing, technology, developing exhibits, public relations, collections management, disaster preparedness, interpretation, volunteer management, and museum ethics.
Thanks to the generosity of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), the Southeastern Museums Conference (SEMC) is pleased to offer the John Kinard Scholarship Fund for two staff members of AAAM institutional museums or individual AAAM members to attend SEMC’s Jekyll Island Management Institute (JIMI). The two annual scholarships of $1,625 each will cover the tuition for JIMI and travel expenses. The John Kinard Scholarship Fund is established in collaboration with the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). Created by an Act of Congress in 2003, the museum opened on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in the Fall of 2016. For information on the museum’s current programs and exhibitions visit www.nmaahc.si.edu or call 202 633-4751. Please note AAAM membership on your JIMI application. This scholarship is not available to employees of the Smithsonian Institution.
Applications for JIMI and the Peter S. LaPaglia JIMI Scholarship, as well as directions for applying for other scholarships, are currently available at the website address shown below, with an October 15, 2017 deadline for submitting applications. JIMI is an SEMC program sponsored by Goosepen Studio & Press, Inc., Jekyll Island Museum and Historic Preservation, LaPaglia Companies, and North Carolina Division of State Historic Sites and Properties.
For additional information, contact Martha Battle Jackson, JIMI Administrator, 919. 733.7862, ext. 236, firstname.lastname@example.org; John Lancaster, 615.210.7933, email@example.com; or, Susan Perry, Executive Director, SEMC, 404.814.2048, firstname.lastname@example.org or, download an application at www.semcdirect.net.Read More About JIMI Here
Join the Harrison County WV Historical Society and Preservation Alliance of West Virginia for this one-day workshop. We will get a hands-on approach with the goal of learning skills needed to rehabilitate a historic wooden window to Class II status – Stabilization, according to the National Park Service. Participants will learn how to make repairs on historic wooden windows in a historically-correct, safe, and timely manner per National Park Service standards.
Anna Lynn Stasick, PAWV’s statewide field services representative, will lead the workshop. Stasick has led workshops of this manner for over 7 years, has over 20 years of contracting experience, and has rehabilitated dozens of historic wooden windows.
The cost of the workshop is $15 if you are a member of either PAWV or the Harrison County WV Historical Society. For nonmembers, the cost is $25. Lunch will be provided. Space is limited so sign up today by contacting Crystal Wimer at email@example.com.
9am – 2pm
Workshop leaders, Jim Mitchell and Paul Zuros, will demonstrate their methods and
share research materials for discovering the history and authenticity of various forms of
tableware. Participants will learn how to research the dates and places of various pieces
of American, English and German pottery and porcelain using a variety of books on
these subjects. A tour of the Craik-Patton House, built in 1834 by James Craik,
grandson of the personal physician to President George Washington and later owned
by Confederate Colonel George S. Patton I, is included following the completion of the
The cost to attend this workshop is $10 for WVAM members or $20 for non-members.
Lunch is included in the fee.
To celebrate West Virginia’s birthday on June 20 from 2 to 4pm, the Humanities Council will open the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House for tours with light refreshments. Come visit Our Old House, enjoy a West Virginia-shaped cookie and learn about the 1836 house, a landmark property listed on the National Register of Historic Places and one of Charleston’s seven antebellum houses. The house was built when Andrew Jackson was president and later used as a hospital during the Civil War.
“Celebrate West Virginia” is a weekend-long celebration of West Virginia Day! A kickoff celebration, held Thursday June 22 from 4-7 PM at Spark! Imagination and Science Center, will feature live music and food. Representatives from museums and historic sites in the community will present family-friendly activities and information about their organization.
Throughout the weekend, area museums and historic sites will have special, family-friendly events (all of which will be free). Participating organizations are Spark! Imagination and Science Center, Royce J. and Caroline B. Watts Museum, Art Museum of WVU, West Virginia Botanic Garden, Old Hemlock Foundation, Monongalia Historical Society, WVU Libraries/West Virginia & Regional History Center, and Arthurdale Heritage, Inc.
Old and Rare Book Workshop
West Virginia and Regional History Center
May 26, 2017
10am to 2pm
Join the West Virginia Association of Museums for their 2017 educational workshop series as Stewart Plein and Crystal Wimer share their expertise and demonstrate hand-on preservation methods for the conservation and care of old and rare books. The workshop will begin with a tour of the Rare Book Room where preservation and conservation issues of old books will be discussed. The second half of the workshop will be hands-on where participants will learn how to preserve their collection’s fragile books with step by-step instruction in constructing a phase box. Phase boxes are archival boxes that protect fragile or valuable volumes. Books, preservation supplies, and handouts will be provided. Participants are welcome to bring their own old book from their collection that would benefit from the protection of a phase box.
$15.00 for WVAM Members
$25.00 for Non-Members
*Lunch and Materials are included*
Registration is REQUIRED. Please contact Bekah Karelis at 304-830-3485 by May 22 to reserve your seat!