Born of Rebellion:
A Statehood Exhibit ...
is taking a rest!
traveling exhibit about the constitutionality of the creation of the
state of West Virginia will be given a well-deserved rest. Since debuting
at the Humanities Council headquarters in June of 2005 the display
has been on the road with not a moment of “down time.”
The exhibit has been displayed in 25 venues from Morgantown to Williamson
and Shepherdstown to Huntington and has been seen by thousands of
Plans call for Born of Rebellion to again be available in March, 2008
after being on display at the Youth Museum of Southern West Virginia
in Beckley the first part of the year.
Humanities Council opted to have the exhibit designed as a class project
by West Virginia University graphic design students of professor Eve
Faulkes. This creative collaboration enabled the exhibit to serve
as an educational experience for the sixteen WVU students who researched
and created the visual design of the exhibit as well as for the public
who will view the exhibit as it travels. The students also conceived
the name BORN OF REBELLION: West Virginia Statehood for the exhibit.
The Humanities Council developed the historical content for the exhibit
with assistance from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History
and a team of state historians and scholars.
exhibit was created with the generous financial support of Columbia
Gas Transmission, a NiSource Company, and the We the People program
of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
OF REBELLION consists of three 8' tall x 7' long panels that form
a large triangle, a separate triangular kiosk with 8'x2' panels, and
a triangular 6'x2' introductory kiosk. The 8'x7' panels are designed
to be set up to form a triangle but may also be set up separately
if necessary. The exhibit frame is lightweight and collapses down
to fit into three wheeled crates. The graphics travel in a separate
case much like a golf bag and are unrolled to fasten over the frames.
statehood story is organized into four sections - Divergence, Civil
War, Birth of West Virginia, and Statehood. The question of whether
or not the separation of West Virginia from Virginia complied with
the US Constitution requirement of consent of the original state continues
to be one of interest. Viewers of the exhibit have the opportunity
to vote on the issue themselves!
Program Officer Mark Payne for information about displaying BORN
OF REBELLION in your community.