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Museum in the Park
Chief Logan State Park
Logan, West Virginia 25601
four miles north of Logan on State Route 10
Voice: 304-792-7229

West Virginia Quilts: A tradition of excellence

Museum in the Park currently is hosting an exhibit of local and statewide pieces including quilts and coverlets, sculptures, and paintings. These pieces, both from the West Virginia State Museum Collection and from local artists, depict the rich cultural heritage of West Virginia.

The Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park has opened a new exhibit. Remembering Buffalo Creek, a solemn recollection of the Feb. 26, 1972 tragedy. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

Artifacts pertaining directly to the disaster, including the uniform worn by Lila Hinchman, former director of the Logan County Chapter of the American Red Cross, are on display. The Red Cross flag that hung over Man High School following the disaster to mark the school as a shelter and temporary Red Cross headquarters also is featured.

In addition, the exhibit features two films about the disaster, both made by filmmaker and producer Mimi Pickering for Appalshop, Incite Buffalo Creek Flood: An Act of Man (1975, 40 minutes) chronicles the flood which killed 125 people, injured 1,100 and left 4,000 homeless when a coal-waste dam collapsed at the head of a hollow in Logan County. Buffalo Creek Revisited (1984, 31 minutes) was filmed 10 years after the flood and looks at “the second disaster on Buffalo Creek,” in which the survivors’ efforts to rebuild the communities shattered by the flood are thwarted.

Other exhibits and activities include:

Dehue...A Special Place

A comprehensive exhibit created by WVU with help of former Dehue resident Dolores Riggs Davis. The exhibit explores many aspects of coal camp life, from the business of coal mining to the social aspects of living in a community like Dehue.

Looking at Logan: Black History

An original exhibit of items from the collection of local black historian and president of the Aracoma High School Historical Society, Claude Williams. Items include a placard depicting the late Reverend Martin Luther King Jr which has been carried by Mr. Williams at numerous civil rights marches. The reverse of the placard reads "LOGAN W.V."

Ron Moxley Collection: Native American Artifacts

A small selection of Native American artifacts found by the late Ron Moxley, a local archiologist and teacher at Man High School. Items include a nutting stone found in Chief Logan State Park, less than a mile from the museum. Artifacts in this collection are on loan from the Shawnee Trail Associates, Inc.

A coalminer's memorial by internationally known artist David Jeffrey, a Wyoming County native, will be on display from May 28th to September 3rd.

The museum will hold a West Virginia Day Celebration on June 17th & 18th. Local reenactors will create an encampment at the museum for two days, demonstrating skills and trappings of early West Virginians pre 1840.

Museum in the Park was opened on May 31, 2003, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by West Virginia Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin. The facility, which is located in the former park restaurant, is operated by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.

Chief Logan State Park, located four miles north of Logan on State Route 10, is one of the most visited parks in the state’s system. The 3,300-acre park features a new $8.5 million conference and convention center, as well as a campground, outdoor amphitheater and wildlife center. The Division will manage the museum under an agreement with the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, which operates the park.

Summer hours: Beginning May 3, the Museum hours are Wednesday-Saturday 10:00am-8:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm-8:00pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday. These hours will last through September 3.



Pictures and information were provided by Museum in the Park West Virginia Division of Culture and History

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