The West Virginia Historical
Society (WVHS) is incorporated under the laws of West Virginia as a
non-profit corporation. The Society is organized solely for
educational civic, benevolent, and philanthropic purposes. All
persons interested in assisting and supporting its program are most
cordially invited to join.
The purposes for which the Society was incorporated are as
|to promote interest in West Virginia history,|
|to discover, collect and preserve historical
|to assist in preserving historical sites and
|to cooperate with state, local and federal agencies
in the promotion of |
recreational and educational facilities, including the preservation of
sites, places and properties; and, in general,
|to do all things proper for the attainment of said
Further, the WVHS cooperates with county and local
historical societies in accomplishing their goals.
We have a president, vice president, secretary and
treasurer and regional vice presidents from each congressional
district. We publish a quarterly magazine with articles of interest
for both historians and genealogists.
The WVHS is the fifth
statewide Society to be formed in West Virginia. The first West
Virginia Historical Society formed in 1869 and continued until 1884.
The present Society formed in 1940 and incorporated in 1946.