CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia doesn’t look a day over 150.
People throughout the state will celebrate West Virginia’s 151st birthday today. Charleston will commemorate the day with music, fun activities and birthday cake for people of all ages.
“Every year we host a birthday party. We try to do something that speaks about West Virginia and activities that will be of interest to adults and children,” said Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner for the state Division of Culture and History. “Starting at 10 we will have special educational activities — our museum education staff will put together fun activities for children to do.”
This year the Culture Center’s educational activities include make-and-take art projects and a museum scavenger hunt. Gresham said the scavenger hunt is a fun family friendly activity designed to get people excited about the exhibits.
“The idea is that when you have to look for (your next clue) you are paying closer attention and getting involved in the museum. One of the goals our museum (has) is to be interactive,” Gresham said. “We want them to watch the videos and read the information, so we designed a series of activities for youth that make them look for stuff in the museum.”
Throughout the day there will be a giant West Virginia birthday card available for visitors to sign, along with fun photo opportunities. The Culture Center, located on the state Capitol Complex, will also present a new museum exhibit along with a viewing of last year’s sesquicentennial video “150 in 3-D: A Century and a half of West Virginia Pride…