The Council Of Historic Organizations (COHO) was formed in 2002 with the idea of coordinating some of the activities of local historical organizations. The need for a directory of the appropriate organizations immediately became apparent. COHO first put together a printed directory (PDF copy can be viewed by clicking image to the right). Now, COHO is moving into the 21st century with its web presence.
Today COHO has more than 80 members, both public and private organizations. Some groups have historic facilities like Glenwood, the MacFarland Hubbard House, the Craik-Patton House and Virginia's Chapel. Others are located in homes, offices or public facilities. Their purposes vary from educaiton, gathering and verifying historical resources, archiving and displaying historic artifacts, images and documents, to advocating for historic preservation, renovating historical events, researching genealogy and many other endeavors which increase public awareness for our incomparable history for students, residents and visitors. We hope your relationship with COHO will lead you to appreciate our past and want to be a part of our future.
COHO has done extensive research to locate and contact all known historical groups in the Kanawha-Putnam county areas. However, the information is subject to change, so if there is any additional or updated information regarding current or additional organizations that should be captured, please contact the Midland Trail Scenic Highway Association at (304) 343-6001 or the Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society at (304) 342-7676.
Funded by Sustainable Kanawha Valley Initiative (SKVI) in cooperation with the Greater Kanawha Valley Foundation Project Partners:
Council Of Historic Organizations
West Virginia Humanities Council
Midland Trail Scenic Highway Association
Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society
The COHO Directory Committee consists of the following members:
John A. Chapman, COHO Co-chair
Greg Tieman, COHO Co-chair
Henry Battle, Kanawha Valley Historical and Preservation Society (KVHPS)
Mark Payne, WV Humanities Council
Alice Hypes, Midland Trail Scenic Highway