Fine arts museums include the Huntington Museum of Art, in Huntington. A number of county historical societies maintain museums displaying collections of West Virginia memorabilia. There is a unique collection of archaeological relics at the Delf Norona Museum in Moundsville. The Clay Center for the Arts and Sciences in Charleston houses the Avampato Discovery Museum, an art gallery, and a performance center. It is home to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
The mountains of West Virginia are famous for their folk music. Many of their songs were brought from the British Isles and Germany. Along with traditional folk music, country music has had an important place in West Virginia. In the 1930s and 1940s, radio stations in Wheeling, Charleston, Fairmont, and other cities began to regularly feature country music, boosting its popularity. Several popular country music entertainers have roots in West Virginia. Charleston and Wheeling support symphony orchestras.
The state’s first acting troupes traveled aboard steamships that plied the Ohio. After the peak of this movement in the 1860s, theaters were built in Wheeling and Charleston. New theaters grew up at about the turn of the 20th century. The little-theater movement came to West Virginia in 1922, when the first community group was formed in Charleston.
A tax-supported library system serves most of West Virginia. The West Virginia library commission, established in 1929, aids in the development of public library facilities. Major college and university libraries are found at West Virginia University and Marshall University, both of which include state historical collections, as does the West Virginia Archives and History Library, in Charleston. "West Virginia" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia.
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