Weird Wonderful West Virginia


View and discuss the short programs in this collection to examine recreation, history, exceptional individuals and groups, geography, the arts, and oddities in West Virginia.  Content is appropriate for anyone with an interest in West Virginia.

  • Mothman

    Explore the Mothman legend and learn how it became an annual festival and economic boost for a small West Virginia town.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Moundsville Ghosts

    Learn why the old Moundsville Penitentiary appears to be haunted.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Mummies Dearest

    Examine the history and science relating to the Philippi Mummies.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Sasquatch

    Follow a group of trackers as they search for Sasquatch in West Virginia and learn the techniques they use to prove their theory that Sasquatch is real.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Identifying Flying Objects

    Learn how scientists examine the soil and vegetation in an area to try to determine if a UFO ever landed there.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Dracula Takes the Stage

    Students examine the aspects of theater by learning the process used by a high school and community group to produce an original ballet based on the  Dracula character.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Oh Suite!

    Learn how a local dance council brings together individuals of all ages and from different communities to present The Nutcracker ballet.

    Grades: 5-12
  • BASEc Facts

    Learn about the science behind making a safe landing during parachuting or base jumping.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Gauley Season

    Experience the excitement of rafting on the Gauley River.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Burning Springs

    Learn why Wirt County West Virginia considers itself to be the birthplace of the oil and gas industry, how oil is removed from the ground and the impact oilmen had on WV statehood.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Digging Ginseng

    Learn about the uses for ginseng, regulations for harvesting the crop, and the economics related to its sale.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Fenton Glass

    Examine the history of the Fenton Glass Company and learn the glass making and decorating process.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Jack Frosty

    Learn the history behind the classic children's songs "Frosty the Snowman" and "Peter Cottontail" through the eyes of lyricist Jack Rollins.

    Grades: PreK-12
  • Stradivarius of Steel

    Learn about the invention of the steel drum and how it can be used to create various tones and pitches.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Keeping the Music Alive

    Learn how the skills needed to play traditional folk music are passed from generation to generation.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Honky Tonked Hank

    Examine the final days in the life of Hank Williams Sr.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Doughboy Buckles

    Trace the long and eventful life of World War I and II veteran Frank Buckles.

    Grades: 5-12
  • Katherine Johnson | NASA Computer

    Examine the life and career of NASA computer Katherine Johnson, and engage students in a discussion of the qualities Johnson exhibited that helped her break racial and gender barriers.

    Grades: 4-13+
  • Rocket Man

    Listen as Homer Hickam describes his life from early years in Coalwood, WV through his work at NASA and talks about how his experiences in southern West Virginia helped him with his career. 

    Grades: 5-12
  • For Those Who Gave All

    Listen to Joe Mullins, designer of the West Virginia Veterans Memorial, explain how he created the sculpture.

    Grades: 5-12