September 30th, 2013
The West Virginia and Regional History Center’s current exhibit, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the creation of our state, is now available to view online. Visit our 2013 exhibit webpage to take a look!
Largest item on display: the 35 star flag, more than 9 1/2 feet wide and 6 feet tall
Smallest item on display: a Confederate gold dollar, roughly one centimeter in diameter
Oldest item on display: While the Fry-Jefferson Map of the Most Inhabited Part of Virginia was published in 1753, the map on display is a facsimile. The oldest original item we have on display is most likely the compass used by Francis Deakins when he surveyed the Deakins line in 1788, depending on when it was actually made; the land grant signed by Benjamin Franklin in 1787 may be older.
Newest item on display: Not including the items that are facsimiles created specifically for this exhibit, the newest item on display is most likely the West Virginia University cadet uniform, which dates to the end of the 19th century.
Blog post by Jane Metters.