Video Resources, Member Resources…

…New Edition of the Textbook, and a Field Trip!

~the 4th in a series of articles~
Click here to start at the beginning of the series.

The new edition of West Virginia: 150 Years of Statehood has arrived! We have looked through the new book and most of the changes are superficial. As expected, some chapters have been reordered, and statistical information has been updated. But no worries – you can find these statistical updates in our Google Drive file for each chapter.  Access to this file is available for CHEWV members – just email

Since a strong multicultural theme now runs through the book, the Google Drive file also includes links for corresponding information from the e-WV encyclopedia.  After looking through the book, though, we concluded that the older version is more than adequate for our students to study West Virginia history and even prepare to take the Golden Horseshoe test, if they are so inclined.

In addition, we have researched some video resources that will benefit auditory and visual learners. Only one of these resources, West Virginia A Film History, requires purchase (if it can’t be found in your local library).  We include it because it is an excellent resource! The rest are links that can be viewed for free.

Finally, many of our CHEWV members know of an upcoming homeschool trip to the Beckley Coal mine on October 17th. Since museums and living history exhibitions are excellent ways to make history come alive, we encourage you to join us as we tour a real coal mine on a train and visit a coal town. Buildings are set up to represent houses of men and families in a company town, as well as a school, church, and store that show what life in a coal town would have been like in the 1940-1950 time-frame. There is also a museum dedicated to mine history and another with a planetarium and other exhibits. More information on the trip can be found here.

Read the 5th article, including steps to sign up for the exam, here.


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