Hancock museum hosts W.Va. statehood exhibit in October

NEW CUMBERLAND – The Hancock County Museum will host “Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood” exhibit Oct. 6-19 at the museum located at 1008 Ridge Ave.

The Brooke County Historical Museum will display the exhibit Oct. 28-Nov. 11 at the museum located at 704 Charles St., Wellsburg.

West Virginia’s creation is unique in American history – the constitutionality questioned and it was suggested the new state be dissolved once Virginia returned to the Union.

Debate about the “West Virginia question” has continued into this century with a debate on C-SPAN and California Law Review article.

“Born of Rebellion” examines the constitutional questions surrounding the statehood process. The exhibit toured the state for two years, beginning in 2006, and received an American Association for State and Local History Leadership in History Award. Those visiting the exhibit may cast a vote on the constitutionality of the state’s creation.

West Virginia Humanities Councils worked with West Virginia University graphic design students in designing the exhibit. Four teams of four students designed the exhibit and brochure. The exhibit includes quick response codes, and visitors can scan the codes with smart phones and read related articles in “e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia.” The encyclopedia also is available online at www.wvencyclopedia.org.

The West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts also supported the exhibit.

For information on related activities, call Janet Keller of the Hancock County Museum at (304) 387-0354 or the Brooke County Historical Museum at (304) 737-4060.