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West Virginia Civil War Sesquicentennial Celebrations

Battle of Dry Creek Reenactment
Greenbrier State Forest

August 18, 2012

The West Virginia Legislature directed the formation of a Commission to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and West Virginia statehood, citing that “the role of West Virginia, its creation as a state and the roles of individual West Virginians in the American Civil War, from the time of John Brown's Raid through the formation of the State of West Virginia and the conclusion of the American Civil War, are of such historical significance as to warrant their commemoration.

The mission of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War Commission is to promote awareness, celebrate the unique creation of the State of West Virginia and the role of its people during the Civil War era, and its continuing effect on our people.

A variety of events are planned to acknowledge the historical importance of the Civil War to this state, including living history events, reenactments, lectures, balls, and many other activities. Contact Tim Hoover at or 304-667-7219 to register.

September 11, 2012

WV Humanities Council Civil War Sesquicentennial Bus Tour. Departing from Charleston to travel to the site of the Battle of Droop Mountain in Pocahontas County. Includes dinner and an overnight stay. Contact Michelle Walker at or 304-346-8500 for more information.

For a full list of events, visit the Sesquicentennial Commission’s website HERE.

COHO Directory

For a free copy of the COHO Directory, call Henry Battle at KCHPS at 304-342-7676 or stop by his office at the Peoples Bldg, 179 Summers Street in Charleston, or call Midland Trail Visitors Center at 304-343-6001.

The COHO Directory Committee includes:

  • John Chapman
    COHO Co-chair
  • Greg Tieman
    COHO Co-chair
  • Henry Battle
  • Mark Payne
    WV Humanities Council
  • Alice Hypes
    Midland Trail Scenic Hwy

It will be a nice occasion for history related organizations to come together as we are now planning the next steps in our growth. RSVP's are appreciated but not required.

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For a free copy of the COHO Directory email, call Midland Trail Scenic Highway at 304-343-6001 or stop by their offices at 237 Capitol Street, Charleston. or call Henry Battle at KCHPS at 342-7676.

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COHO Directory of Historic Organizations in Kanawha - Putnam Counties, WV

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Welcome to the Council Of Historic Organizations (COHO). We are a loose-knit coalition of about 80 organizations in Kanawha and Putnam Counties who are involved in history related activities. This website and our accompanying print directory provide information on each of our members, their organization mission and contact information. The purpose of these organizations vary from education, gathering and verifying historical resources, archiving and displaying historic artifacts, images and documents, to advocating for historic preservation, reenacting historical events, researching awareness for our incomparable history by students, residents and visitors

The directory of organizations can be viewed three ways. The first is the printed hardcopy, available by contacting COHO. The second is the PDF version of the directory which can be viewed, saved or printed. The PDF version can be found by clicking on the directory to the right. The final way is to use this website listings to see detailed information about the organizations, including links to their respective websites.

COHO is always open to new members. To join our endeavors or update your directory information, call (304) 342-7676 or (304) 343-6001.