History

Celebrating Juneteenth Wheeling Style

Many Americans probably believe that once President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 that all slaves were set free and lived happily ever after. In reality, the road to freedom for most e...

BILL HOGAN’S MUSINGS: The Flicks

I was fortunate to attend a noon talk at our library recently, about the old movie theaters in West Virginia. It brought back so many memories of when I was a kid in the 1930s and ’40s when going to a movie on ...

Weird Stories of Wheeling in the Civil War

Editor’s note: The Ohio County Public Library has launched its 26th People’s University, an eight-week series featuring weird, wild, wacky, whimsical stories from Wheeling, including: Native-American oddi...

American Legion Post 89 Making Community Proud

When America’s Greatest Generation returned home from the battlefields of World War II, many flocked to veterans’ clubs such as the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). These clubs not only p...

WEEasked some simple questions — and your neighbors, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, even some strangers, answered. Get to know them a little bit better with our fun series, “WEEasked.” Look for it a couple...

First Day on the Job for Travis Henline

Wheeling Heritage is exploring the creation of a Wheeling museum, and today, history specialist Travis Henline started his job as museum project manager, whose role will be to identify and develop the concept. ...

Wheeling Leaves Its Mark on Twain

On Jan. 10, 1872, one of America’s most celebrated storytellers took the stage at Wheeling’s Washington Hall. An Intelligencer reporter described him as “a youngish-looking man of somewhere about thirty-five, n...

Eckhart House: Tea, History and Hospitality

In the early 1900s, Sarah Kleeh sat in the upstairs window seat watching the wealthy ladies across the street point to her home at 810 Main. She knew they were talking about the two bathrooms in her house — the...

America’s First Highway in Spotlight

The 2018 Ohio Valley History Expo will be celebrating the 200th anniversary of the completion of the National Road from Cumberland, Md., to Wheeling, (West) Virginia, with a number of events, beginning early ne...

Farm to Fork Takes Leap Through History

A property with nearly 250 years of Wheeling history hosted the Wheeling Symphony Auxiliary’s annual Farm to Fork dinner this past weekend. The McColloch Farm, named for Major Samuel McColloch who plunged his h...

Imagine Wheeling without Oglebay Park. … At one point that nightmare was nearly reality. As one of the largest self-sustaining city parks in the country, Oglebay Park rubs shoulders with just a select few...
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