The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has added more photographs of the West Virginia State Museum’s construction and fabrication on its website so that interested visitors can view the latest progress. The photographs can be accessed at www.wvculture.org/museum/work/album/index.html
The newest photographs are located in galleries six and seven. Images show floor installation; wallpapering the entrance to the museum; work on the log cabin; the show path floor with foot and hoof prints; installation of a coal car, track lights, drywall, electrical conduit, and light panels for backlit displays; and work on the face of a coal mine. There also are pictures of the railroad layout, the Philippi flag, the Goff library, workers measuring artifacts, and more.
The Philippi flag is a Confederate flag showing 15 stars which represent the number of states the South thought it could count on to join its cause. Instead, the border states of Maryland, Delaware, Missouri and Kentucky stayed with the Union. The battle of Philippi is frequently referred to as the first land battle of the Civil War. The Philippi flag was captured by the 1st Virginia Infantry, a Union regiment.
The Goff library was recovered from Judge Nathan Goff’s home in Clarksburg. Goff was a Union soldier and a political figure of the Republican Party in West Virginia. He was the loser of the disputed and highly controversial gubernatorial election of 1888.
The website includes a large floor plan of the new museum. By clicking on a room in the floor plan, visitors can see panoramic photographs and some Quicktime VR movies of those locations. The movies pan around a space in a circle, giving the visitor a 360-degree view of the room. Earlier photo galleries have shots of concrete being poured, installation of electrical and sprinkler system and creating a railroad tunnel, to name a few. The photo galleries will continue to be updated as work continues.
The West Virginia State Museum is located on the lower level of the Cultural Center at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. The history of the state will be told in the new 23,000-square-foot museum through modern educational exhibits that will appeal to visitors of all ages. There will be a show path, which is a chronological journey of West Virginia history, using themed settings to highlight pivotal moments. Special effects, narration, surround sound, and dynamic theater lighting will help visitors experience what it was like to be a West Virginian during the most important moments in the state’s history.
In addition, discovery rooms will provide visitors with an opportunity to learn more about the history of West Virginia. The discovery rooms will feature artifacts, works of art, stories, music, and film clips. The connections rooms will allow visitors to dig deeper into West Virginia history and culture with computer stations, and provide facts about topics not covered in the show path and discovery rooms. The last scene as the visitor exits the museum will be a multimedia display of historic and scenic attractions in the state. The newly-renovated West Virginia State Museum is slated to open next year.