June 19th, 2006
The Dominion Post, June 18, 2006
By Melanie Moroz
West Virginia’s 143rd birthday on Tuesday will be celebrated throughout the Mountain State, with WVU’s downtown library hosting several commemorative activities open to the public.
Beginning at noon Tuesday, the activities will kick off at Eliza’s coffee shop on the fourth floor of the downtown library. A birthday cake and the return of the library’s renowned West Virginia Day poster will be included in the celebration, as well as a launch of a new digital resource that will benefit both students and residents.
Dedicated to highlighting the library’s expansion of digital resources that pertain to West Virginia history, the commemoration will introduce a new inclusive Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the library’s West Virginia and Regional History Collection.
Designed to bring catalog records for all archival collections in the West Virginia Collection together in a single finding aid for the first time in several decades, the guide will make its debut online Tuesday at www.libraries.wvu.edu/wvcollection/, and in a special booth in Eliza’s.
This year, the West Virginia Day poster will showcase a WVU cadet cap, a letter from a Civil War solider and a drawing by David Hunter Strother, all items from the West Virginia and Regional History Collection.
As a library tradition, the number of free posters will correspond with the state’s birthday. After the first 143 posters are given out, more will be available for $10.00 each.