Items found in the pocket of a miner killed in the 1907 Monongah disaster, a souvenir glass pitcher from the 1906 state fair in Wheeling, and a memory quilt in honor of the 1972 Buffalo Creek flood victims.
These are all exhibits planned for the new West Virginia State Museum.The previous museum has been closed since 2004 for renovations and all the attractions put into storage.
The new museum will tell the state's many stories, focusing on historical figures such as George Washington and Daniel Boone as well as ordinary people who kept diaries.
One feature planned for the new museum is a 50-foot portion of a coal mine, complete with a coal car. There will also be a wall of old license plates.
Division of Culture and History Deputy Commissioner Jacqueline Proctor expects the redone museum to open in 2009. Proctor expects to ask for bids again in early August.The project is expected to cost 17.6 million dollars.