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CHARLESTON, WV (November 29, 2011) – The West Virginia Division of Tourism is commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War by unveiling a series of heritage videos and a new website
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“Our heritage is unlike any other in the country,” Betty Carver, West Virginia Tourism commissioner said. “The 150th anniversary of the Civil War is a poignant time to tell our story as the nation remembers. People are traveling to visit Civil War battle sites, historic homes, towns and cities. The videos and website are key avenues to share what West Virginia has to offer and why it is so important to our nation at large.”
The videos were filmed and produced by Moon and Stars Production of Clarksburg under the direction of Lemeul B. Muniz. The Division worked with Muniz and historians from each region of the state to capture interviews and present day footage of attractions and sites. Historic maps and illustrations have also been included.
Nine videos have been produced depicting each of the state’s travel regions. The regions include: Northern Panhandle, Eastern Panhandle, Potomac Highlands, Mountaineer Country, Mid-Ohio Valley, Mountain Lakes, New River-Greenbrier Valley, Metro Valley, and Hatfield-McCoy Mountains.
Videos vary in length from three to nine minutes. Each video is available to view online at the Division’s website, www.WVTourism.com/CivilWar. The comprehensive site provides travelers with information ranging from downloadable Civil War trail maps and brochures to a list of upcoming re-enactments and events.
“Creating the nine West Virginia Tourism Civil War videos that represent the war’s activities and places in our state has been a revelation,” said Muniz, filmmaker and director. “Having immersed myself in exploring these contested battlefields, routes of marches and movements, historical buildings and structures, relics and tools of war, as well as the amazing people and events, has given me new information and a clearer understanding about West Virginia's complex historical place in that conflict.”
Muniz continued, “As a filmmaker it has been a privilege to capture on high definition video and digital photography these hallowed places of sacrifice and intrigue. I believe that to really understand the American Civil War you must explore West Virginia’s story.”
“The Civil War is the very foundation of West Virginia’s history. It is important that we not only recognize our state’s history but also share it with the next generation,” Carver said.
To learn more about the West Virginia Division of Tourism, upcoming events, or to request a state travel guide, visit www.wvtourism.com or call 800-225-5982.