It captures the essence of West Virginia from days gone by. The black and white photos really tell a story.
A story of wild and wonderful West Virginia as we celebrate its 150th birthday.
I got a firsthand look at the trials, tribulations, fires and floods over the years.
As someone not from here, this really was a history lesson for me. It showed me how 150 years ago they created this state and its separation from Virginia – the background of what your ancestors went through.
The images from each of the Mountain State's 55 counties cover a variety of topics and range from the 1800s to the 1970s.
Mayor Bob Newell says there's even a photo of President John F. Kennedy at the Centennial Celebration in Charleston from 1963.
“This is part of our Sesquicentennial Celebration in the city of Parkersburg and the State Division of History and Archives were kind enough to loan us this exhibit,” Newell says. “It's 110 photographs, there's two from each county and we get to hang on to this through homecoming.”
The mayor says with each county represented, it shows our humble beginnings, particularly in the last century and a lot of it in the past 50 years.
You can see the exhibit on the second floor of the City Building, 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. everyday and some evenings.
There was already a steady stream of people when I was there, so it certainly seems like something the public is interested in.