CHARLESTON, W.Va. –The West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) recognized 15 extant National Historic Landmarks, 50 individual resources and 50 historic districts from across the Mountain State on Sunday, Oct. 16, during a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 at the Culture Center in Charleston.
The Matewan Historic District was recognized as a National Historic Landmark during the celebration.
Matewan City Council members Francine Jones and Todd Nenni attended the event to represent the town.
There are more than 1,030 National Register listings in West Virginia, according to Susan M. Pierce, deputy state historic preservation officer. “Each is important to telling the stories of our history and heritage. We chose those listings which represent the varied themes of our state’s rich past,” she said.
“When I reflect on each of the projects with which I have been involved in the last 10 years, I most often recall the people with whom we have worked at the State Historic Preservation Office,” said Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the WVDCH. “They are passionate about preservation, dedicated to finding solutions that will save rather than destroy historic places, sites and properties, and knowledgeable about the personal stories of our state’s history.”
John DesMeules of Eleanor, Putnam County, and Stan and Vicki Cook of Letart, Mason County, created the special Historic Preservation awards to honor the historic sites, districts and National Historic Landmarks in West Virginia.
For more information about the awards program, contact John Adamik, education and planning coordinator for the State Historic Preservation Office, at (304) 558-0240. Photographs of the event are available at https://goo.gl/RJ2mhS .
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.