September 18, 2019

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The Fairmont West Virginian. (Fairmont, W. Va.), 01 Jan. 1916. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress. Articles Liner Persia Is Sunk off Crete; Life Loss May be Three Hundred Prosperity for the Nation; Victory for the Party in 1916, Says Hatfield Enthusiastic Reception in Fairmont for the New Year Stewart Vincent Killed on B. & O. Anti-Booze Order Reaches Fairmont First Military Ball a Success Schools Reopen Monday Morning Holiday Dinner for … [Read more...]

Today in History: Fiddler Henry Reed

Today in History–April 28–the Library of Congress features musician Henry Reed, born on this date in 1884 in West Virginia. Reed was a master fiddler as well as banjo and harmonica player who learned most of the tunes he played by ear and had hundreds of songs committed to memory. He never played professionally but became well known after Duke University graduate students Karen and Alan Jabbour began to tape his fiddling. Find out more about this master musician by visiting the Today in … [Read more...]

Today in History: John Brown

Today in History–October 16–the Library of Congress features John Brown, who led a raid of Harper's Ferry, Virginia (now West Virginia) on this day in 1859, seizing the town's United States arsenal and rifle works and taking 60 prominent locals hostage. The group hoped to spark a rebellion of freed slaves and to lead an "army of emancipation." The group was unsuccessful and John Brown was hanged less than two months later. But his actions, according to Frederick Douglass, were not in vain, "No … [Read more...]

Today in History: West Virginia

Today in History–June 20–the Library of Congress features West Virginia, which became the 35th state on this date in 1863. Visit the Today in History section to learn about the state's history and culture, then follow the links below to access more primary source treasures. West Virginia stories from America’s Library West Virginia primary source set West Virginia maps Pictorial Americana: Selected images of West Virginia More West Virginia images West Virginia historical … [Read more...]