The West Virginia Encyclopedia and its online companion, e-WV

Program Sponsorship

Each year, the West Virginia Humanities Council provides hundreds of programs across the state, touching the lives of thousands of West Virginians. From History Alive! presentations in schools and libraries to traveling exhibits in community centers to special speakers at colleges and universities, these programs could not happen without the generous support of our partners.


Current sponsorship opportunities include:


The online version of the West Virginia Encyclopedia, e-WV is a full-featured electronic reference resource. It showcases West Virginia’s history, culture, and people. e-WV is innovative, enhanced with audio and video, hundreds of illustrations, maps, timelines and other features.


History Alive!

This program, one of our most popular, brings historical figures to life. Presenters, who have thoroughly researched their characters, visit organizations across West Virginia, including libraries, schools, museums, historical societies and civic groups.


Betsy K. McCreight Lecture in the Humanities

A flagship event of the West Virginia Humanities Council, the McCreight Lecture brings a prominent speaker to West Virginia audiences each October. Past Lecturers have included Sylvia Nasar, David Halberstam, and Ken Burns.


West Virginia Traveling Exhibit – The Hatfields and McCoys: American Blood Feud

This exhibit was created in partnership with West Virginia University graphic arts students. It offers a look into a great West Virginia story and one of the most infamous events in American history.


Little Lectures

This popular series of Sunday afternoon parlor talks on history and other topics takes place each spring at the historic MacFarland-Hubbard House.


Smithsonian Traveling Exhibits

The Council periodically coordinates statewide tours of special Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibitions, such as Hometown Teams and Crossroads: Change in Rural America. Watch this space for our next Smithsonian exhibit!

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our programs and would like to find out more, please contact Michelle Parsons, Director of Development at or 304.346.8500.


Current and recent sponsors

Bailey Glasser LLP

BB&T West Virginia Foundation

B. Wehrle Foundation

Carter Family Foundation

Herscher Foundation

IBM Corporation

National Endowment for the Humanities

Norfolk Southern Foundation

Robinson & McElwee PLLC

The James & Law Company

The Katharine B. Tierney Charitable Foundation

United Bank


West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History

West Virginia Educational Broadcasting Authority

West Virginia Legislature – Community Participation Grants Program

ZMM Architects & Engineers