WHEELING, W.Va. – West Virginia
Independence Hall (WVIH) in Wheeling will host the fourth program of the Fort
Henry Commemoration Speaker Series in the auditorium at 5:30 p.m., Thursday,
April 27. The speaker series is observing the 240th anniversary year of the
first siege of Fort Henry and the 235th anniversary of the second siege. The
program is free and open to the public.
Earl Nicodemus, retired professor
and historian, will present the lecture “The First County Seat at West
Liberty.” Nicodemus spent 40 years as an educator at West Liberty University,
where he became the institution’s longest tenured professor before retiring in
2016. A charter member and founding president of the West Liberty Historical
Society, Nicodemus currently serves as vice president and treasurer. He has
been a trustee of the old West Liberty Cemetery since 1985. The author of
numerous articles on the history of West Liberty and the cemetery, Nicodemus
also gives presentations on the town’s history to civic and social
The program is co-hosted by the Wheeling Chapter, Daughters of the American
Revolution and the Fort Henry Chapter, Sons of the American Revolution, and
sponsored by Wheeling National Heritage Area Corporation.
West Virginia Independence Hall
has been on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) since 1970. It was
originally built as a federal custom house in 1859, served as the home of the
pro-Union state conventions of Virginia during the spring and summer of 1861
and as the capitol of loyal Virginia from June 1861 to June 1863. It also was
the site of the first constitutional convention for West Virginia.
Designated a National Historic
Landmark in 1988, the museum is maintained and operated by the West Virginia
Division of Culture and History, with the cooperation and assistance of the
West Virginia Independence Hall Foundation. The museum is open daily from 9
a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, except for major holidays. The museum
is located on the corner of 16th and Market Streets in Wheeling.