From Saturday, December 10th to January 31, 2017 we will be having our annual Old Time Christmas display in the center room of the History Museum. There will be many ornaments and a sleigh from the old days. We will also have old Christmas cards, a tree, a doll house and a train and many more items of interest. Please join us for a night of Holiday cheer at our opening reception on December 10, 2016 at 6:30pm.
The Cox House had been the home of DORSEY & KIGER INC. REALTORS since October 15, 1972. This stately brick residence was built in 1896 for the Dr. James A. Cox family by Mr. C. C. Donley, contractor. The estate of Vaughn Kiger has donated commissioned architectural Christmas ornaments to benefit The Friends of the Morgantown History Museum. These ornaments will be for sale at the museum to the general public for a donation of $20.00.
10/07/2016 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This year’s ARTS WALK, sponsored by Greater Morgantown Convention and Visitors Bureau, Main Street Morgantown, Monongalia Arts Center (MAC) and Arts Monongahela, will take place on Friday, October 7 in downtown Morgantown. Arts Mon, MAC and Appalachian Gallery are information points for the Arts Walk– you can get the inside scoop on where the artists are and what’s happening downtown. Arts Mon is located next to Huntington Bank on the corner of High Street and Pleasant Street. Monongalia Arts Center is easy to find, on the corner of High Street and Kirk Street and Appalachian Galley in on Walnut Street across for the parking garage. Participating businesses and places with artists are marked by lit tiki torches. Plan the perfect Friday night. From 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. you can stroll through over forty downtown businesses and see artwork from local artists. As you stroll through downtown collect four fantastic bookmarks featuring Morgantown Area Artists. These artists are culture-makers who challenge the status quo and advance our region’s Arts… plus they are your neighbors. You can find them at Arts Monongahela, MAC, the Main Street Offices and pretty much every other business downtown! Enjoy music at numerous locations and a variety of unique dining choices.
All of us at the Morgantown Museum Commission, Morgantown History Museum and Friends of Morgantown History Museum hope that you will visit the museum during the upcoming Main Street Morgantown event Arts Walk, Friday, October 7, 2016. The museum has participated in this event going back to our beginning in 2006, when we were located upstairs in a very tiny 400 sq. foot display space. Every year we have had a different offering for the public during this great event. This year we will present a new collection owned by Jim Brown, of Morgantown. Jim grew up in Preston County and has had a strong interest, during his life, in the M&K Railroad and Oak Park. Oak Park was built in 1909 and was operated by the Elkins Coal & Coke Company, and located on the M&K RR line near the community of Bretz, in Preston County. Folks came from all over the region -from WV, PA and MD to enjoy the park. To learn more about this, come to the museum located at 175 Kirk Street, on October 7th, from 6:00-9:00pm. If you haven't had a chance to see the fascinating M&K RR exhibit, you can view it at the same time. In addition to the Oak Park photo display, we will be serving refreshments for your enjoyment.
The M & K Railrod exhibit has been extended indifinitly to co-inside with our Christmas exhibit.
Where: Lakeview Resort (Cheat Lake) Date: August 4, 2016 (Thursday) Time: 6:00pm - 9pm Event Includes: Food Tasting and Judging from ten Morgantown professional chefs, representing fine Morgantown restaurants. There will be a cash bar; auction; music by Jenny Wilson Trio. This is the Best Chef Cook-Off IV - all the previous cook-off events were very successful and a great deal of fun ---for the particpants - and the competing chefs. Cost: $25 per ticket Tickets may be purchased at the Morgantown History Museum, 175 High Street, Morgantown, WV. Or call for further information: 304-319-1800.
The M & K Railrod exhibit has been extended indifinitly to go with our Christmas exhibit. Exhibit: Shaping the Land and Its People: The Morgantown and Kingwood Railroad
July 11 – August 6, 2016; Exhibit: The Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud Traveling Exhibit; Receptions: July 15, 7-9pm and July 16, 2016, 12-2pm. Receptions will feature popular southern foods and music by Morgantown’s singing troubadour Dan Cunningham, songwriter and performer. This exhibit was developed and supported by the West Virginia Humanities Council, Charleston, WV.
July 16, 2016, Kids’ Day, Coloring Historical Pictures, 10-2pm
July 23, 2016, Saturday, 10-4pm; Exhibit: Don Knotts: MEMORIES. This exhibit was researched and developed by Pamela Ball in 2007, and then expanded in 2008. Reception: 12-3:00pm
July 24th, Sunday, 1-3pm, Meet and Greet, Karen Knotts (daughter of the late Don Knotts), Morgantown History Museum Vandalia Bronze, in conjuction with The City of Morgantown, Main Street Morgantown, and the Convention and Vistors Bureau will unveil the long awaited Don Knotts Statue. Karen Knotts, the daughter of the superstar actor will perform her comedy show immediately after the ceremony. Here is Karen's web site also. http://karenknotts.com The Don Knotts statue ceremony is going to take place Saturday, July 23, 2016, 10AM at the Metropolitan theater, Morgantown West Virginia, Dad's hometown! I will be there to do my show, ''A Deputy's Daughter' at 11:30 AM inside the Met theater. The event is entirely FREE ! For more info about hotels, etc. contact Kay Fanok: 304-292-5081, ext 813 or 800-458-7373