Born of the Rebellion

WV statehood

The Greenbrier Historical Society & North House Museum is pleased to host the West Virginia Humanities Council’s award winning traveling exhibit Born of Rebellion: West Virginia Statehood. The exhibit will be open Monday July 15th through Friday August 9th from10am to 4pm  (closed on Sundays).

As West Virginia celebrates its 150th birthday this year, it is interesting to look at the unique way in which we became a state on June 20, 1863. Although tensions over representation plagued western Virginia before the outbreak of the Civil War, wartime politics provided an opportunity for the formation of a new government.  At the time and in the years since, many questioned the constitutionality of the process and whether the new state should be dissolved once Virginia was restored to the Union.

Although Greenbrier County was not represented at the two Wheeling Conventions, there were those who were in favor of session from Virginia and many more who were not. Visitors will be given the opportunity to cast their vote on the constitutionality of West Virginia.

In conjunction with Born of the Rebellion, the Greenbrier Historical Society will continue to host their own mini-exhibit The Civil War in Greenbrier County which discusses the local impact of the Civil War and features artifacts used locally or owned by Greenbrier Valley soldiers.

The Greenbrier Historical Society, located at 301 West Washington Street, is open free of charge Monday – Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Donations are always welcome. For more information, contact 304.645.3398 or info@greenbrierhistorical.org. Or like us on Facebook!

Birthplace of Rivers National Monument

In the spirit of preserving 150 years of natural beauty and cultural identity, we are sharing the following Call to Action from the Birth Place of Rivers National Monument initiative.
Birth Place of Rivers
“Covered from end to end, and on all sides, by the ancient Appalachian Mountains, West Virginia is exquisite in its natural splendor. It is the most southern of the northern; the most northern of the southern; the most eastern of the western; and the most western of the eastern States. It is where the east says “good morning” to the west, and where Yankee Doodle and Dixie kiss each other goodnight.” – Senator Robert C. Byrd

         Take action to help create West Virginia’s only national monument!
The Birthplace of Rivers National Monument would forever preserve a recreationally, ecologically and culturally significant landscape in the southern Monongahela National Forest, known to many West Virginians as the “Mon”.  The proposed national monument would protect special features such as the Cranberry Backcountry, Tea Creek, Falls of Hills Creek, Cranberry Glades and critical headwaters of six trout-rich rivers.  This area means so much to local communities and the Mountain State as a whole, but without a more permanent protective status, the Mon’s natural treasures are not guaranteed to remain as Wild and Wonderful as they are today.  Unless protected by law, future management of certain public lands could change in favor of increased industrial development, forever altering the way West Virginians and our visitors enjoy the southern Mon.

As we celebrate 150 years of statehood, West Virginia’s congressional leaders have an opportunity to set aside some of the most special wild places in the southern Mon for future generations, honoring a rich mountain culture deeply connected to the land.  The proposed Birthplace of Rivers National Monument is a balanced approach to protecting and restoring wild forests and coldwater streams, preserving our heritage and providing for a more sustainable economic future.  This West Virginia Day, sportsmen, mountain bikers, business owners, conservationists, religious groups and local community leaders are coming together to ensure the exploration and enjoyment of this Wild and Wonderful land for many generations to come.

Let’s make the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument a reality!

Take Action!
Tell Senators Manchin and Rockefeller to honor the Mountain State by supporting the Birthplace of Rivers National Monument!   Let our Senate leaders know why protecting the southern Monongahela National Forest is important to you.

Senator Jay Rockefeller
(202) 224-6472
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Senator Joe Manchin
202-224-3954
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Birthplace of Rivers National Monument – Our Heritage, Our Future
Get involved, learn more, connect with the citizen campaign:  www.birthplaceofrivers.org

Welcome

Welcome to the Greenbrier Historical Society’s first blog!

Here we will share some of our research, fun history finds, and upcoming events. Our goal is to prove to you all that history can be fun and interesting…it’s not just dusty old books and boring dates.

But we also want to hear from you. Share your own stories and interesting history finds. Tell us what programs, events, and (of course) posts you would like to see us do!

For those of you who do not know us, the Greenbrier Historical Society – North House Museum & Archives is located in lovely downtown Lewisburg, West Virginia. We are a museum and archives dedicated to making history come alive through tours, research, programs, exhibits, and events.

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