June 13th, 2006
Don’t worry about bringing a card or wearing a party hat. Come celebrate West Virginia’s birthday at Eliza’s in the Downtown Campus Library.
On Tuesday, June 20, the WVU Libraries will be celebrating the 143rd anniversary of the founding of the Mountain State with birthday cake, the return of the Libraries’ celebrated West Virginia Day poster and the launch of a new digital resource that is a true birthday gift to West Virginians everywhere.
This year’s celebration is dedicated to highlighting the Libraries’ growing digital resources in the field of West Virginia history. Included among those is the highly popular West Virginia OnView which currently offers online access to some 12,000 historical photographs. A new comprehensive Guide to Archives and Manuscripts in the West Virginia and Regional History Collection will make its debut online and at a special booth in Eliza’s on Tuesday. The new Guide will 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 new resource should be welcome news for many as the Collection’s existing guide has been the most popular hit on the WVU Libraries website since its founding.
The cutting of the cake and distribution of the 2006 edition of the West Virginia Day poster will occur at noon. Traditionally, the WVRHC ties the number of posters available to the state’s birthday. This year that means the first 143 people in line will be presented with a numbered poster.