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Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau

The year 2011 marked the beginning of the four-year national commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. West Virginia, the only state born of the Civil War, also celebrated her 150th birthday in 2013. To help citizens gain a deeper understanding of how and why the state was created our speakers bureau focuses on statehood related topics in observance of the state sesquicentennial.

The Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau makes respected Civil War and statehood scholars available at no cost to non-profit groups around the state. Sesquicentennial Schedule.

2014 Little Lecture Series Announced

The Council's Little Lectures are informal programs featuring respected speakers on a variety of topics. All programs are presented on Sunday afternoons beginning at 2:00 p.m. and are presented at our headquarters. We hope you will join us for one, or all, of the 2014 Little Lectures.

For more information and a complete schedule of speakers.

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The 2014 Little Lecture Series is sponsored by Robinson & McElwee PLLC, attorneys at law.

Send Us Your Email

The Humanities Council is compiling a master list of email addresses to keep members and supporters informed about events and programs. If you would like to hear from us via email, please send your address to

MacFarland-Hubbard House
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West Virginia Humanities Council

1310 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25301


Sesquicentennial Grant Opportunities

The West Virginia Humanities Council invites proposals commemorating the sesquicentennial of the Civil War and West Virginia's statehood, and proposals on the 150th anniversary of the 1862 Morrill Act, also known as the Land Grant College Act. For more information, go to our Grants Section.

Grant Deadlines

• Major Grants: Feb. 1 and Sept. 1
• Mini Grants: Feb. 1, April 1, June 1, and Oct. 1
• Fellowships: Feb. 1
• Media Grants: Sept. 1
• Publication Grants: Sept. 1
• Teacher Institutes: Sept. 1

Purchase West Virginia - A Film History and the West Virginia Encyclopedia

Cover of 6 and one-half hour  DVD series, West Virginia, A Film History.
West Virginia, the classic film history that first premiered on the West Virginia public broadcasting television network and on public television networks throughout the country, is now available as a 2-DVD set. West Virginia is a rich and compelling narrative telling the unforgettable story of America's Mountain State from prehistory to the recent past. Click here to order, or for additional information.

The West Virginia Encyclopedia, publisCover of West Virginia Encyclopedia.hed by the West Virginia Humanities Council, is now in its second printing. Working under the slogan, "All there is to know about West Virgina," the editors packed 2,200 articles into the pages of this big book. These articles are the work of nearly 600 writers, experts in fields ranging from archeology, biography, history and literature, through folklore, culture, and the arts and sciences. Click here to order, or for additional information.

Teacher Feature Added to
e-WV Online Encyclopedia

Page taken from the e-WV Classroom website.

A new feature of e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia provides teachers with innovative ways to use the powerful online resource. The e-WV Classroom includes 18 lesson plans for eighth grade that were developed by teachers from several counties, working under the direction of curriculum specialist Margaret Miller. The plans address a variety of topics, such as statehood, the Civil War, and the Great Depression, and include guiding questions, vocabulary, and lesson activities. All of the lesson plans meet the West Virginia Department of Education’s standards for social studies and literacy.

The Classroom section will also be helpful to students who want to learn more about West Virginia. Students will find links to e-WV articles on such topics as the state seal and state animals and plants. They also find easy access to the e-WV quizzes, especially helpful in preparation for the annual Golden Horseshoe test.

Visitors to the Classroom section will find directions for using
e-WV's special features, including interactive maps and the portfolio function. Visit the Classroom by clicking here.  

Contact Mike Keller at 304-346-8500 or email Mike at if you would like a demonstration of how e-WV can be used in the classroom.