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June 20, 1982 - West Virginia Day Celebration Marks State's 119th Birthday
By Heath Harrison
June 16, 2013

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In honor of West Virginia's 150th birthday this week, here's a look back at a West Virginia Day past.

This week's video is another clip from Charleston filmmaker Rodney Morrison. The footage takes us back to the Capitol celebrations 29 years ago.

The 1982 festivities also marked the 50th anniversary of the dedication of the W.Va. state Capitol building.

The state's birthday of June 20 was celebrated unofficially throughout the first few decades of our West Virginia's history, but it wasn't until 1927 that the Legislature made it a formal state holiday.

Look for some names from the state's past (Sen. Robert C. Byrd and his wife, Erma, Sen. Jennings Randolph, W.Va. Treasurer A. James Manchin), as well as younger versions of familiar faces (Then-Gov. Rockefeller, Rep. Rahall, Jack Kane).

Take a look, and see who you can spot.

Remember When: June 20, 1982 - West Virginia Day Celebration Marks State's 119th Birthday




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