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History Alive! Program Adds New Characters


Photograph of History Alive character, Julia Child. The History Alive! program is adding half-a-dozen new characters that are now available for presentations. The new characters are: Julia Child, the First Lady of Food; Founding Father Benjamin Franklin; Ward Hill Lamon, Abraham Lincoln's bodyguard; Minnie Pearl, legendary Grand Ole Opry comedienne; 26th President Theodore Roosevelt; and Lewis & Clark Expedition Native American guide and translator Sacagawea.

The History Alive! program brings historical figures to life through first-person portrayals by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character. Programs are available for $125 to both nonprofit and for-profit organizations throughout West Virginia. For more details.

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.


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.



MacFarland-Hubbard House Accessibility Statement


West Virginia Humanities Council
1310 Kanawha Blvd. E.
Charleston, WV 25301
304.346.8500/304.346.8504(fax)

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
• Travel Assistance Grants: 60 days prior to travel

Council Accepting Applications for
Development Director Position


The West Virginia Humanities Council has an immediate opening for the position of Development Director.

The Development Director has charge of development, promotion and fundraising, and working closely with the executive director and the board’s development committee. He or she writes grant proposals, manages direct mail, and raises funds in the public and private sectors.

If this interests you, please click here for more details.


Purchase DVD and 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 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 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. 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 and 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 if you would like a demonstration of how e-WV can be used in the classroom.