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Wheeling in 250 Objects

January 1

@ Ohio County Public Library
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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Listening through the Lens

January 15

@ Atrium of the Federal Courthouse
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Lunch With Books: “African American Experience”

February 5

@ Ohio County Public Library
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Wheeling’s First Families: “The Zane Family” by John Bowman

February 9

@ Ohio County Public Library
1:00 PM

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Linsly School Museum Tours

March 1

@ First Floor, Dlesk Conference Center, Linsly Campus
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

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Lunch With Books: “Medical Women of Wheeling” by Margaret Brennan

March 5

@ Ohio County Public Library
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Lunch With Books: “The River” by John Bowman

April 2

@ Ohio County Public Library
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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Pop-Up History: Bill Lias

April 25

@ Upper end of Centre Market
12:15 PM

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American Legion Post 1 100th anniversary dinner

April 27

@ Highlands Event Center
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

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Lunch With Books: "Once a Mouse" Book Launch

April 29

@ Ohio County Public Library
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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A New Flag for a New Era

Read about the fascinating meaning and symbolism behind our new flag!

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The new City of Wheeling flag was adopted by City Council on September 5, 2018. It was designed by Erin Rothenbuehler, with input from Travis Henline and Jay Frey, and with history milestones developed by Sean Duffy to commemorate Wheeling’s 250th anniversary.

The flag includes two horizontal blue bars representing the Ohio River and Wheeling Creek, located at the top and bottom of the flag. A positive field in the middle is white, for a total of three bars, symbolizing the three major modes of transportation that helped build Wheeling: river, road, and rail.

The white field contains five stars, each representing a major era in Wheeling's historic past:

1) The Indigenous Star
Local tribes including the Wyandot, Shawnee, Delaware (Lenape), Mingo were the first inhabitants of the area; the place name "Wheeling" is derived from Lenape word "Wee-lunk,"("place of the skull");

2) The Frontier Star
The Zane brothers’1769 settlement of the area, Fort Henry and its sieges in 1777 and 1782, last battle of the Revolutionary War;

3) The Transportation Star
Wheeling as a hub of early modes of transportation: the Ohio River, the National Road (1818) and the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad (1852);

4) The Statehood Star
Wheeling’s role in the Civil War, birthplace and first State Capital of West Virginia – the only state born of the Civil War, abolishment of slavery;

5) The Industrial Star
Wheeling as manufacturing center, (iron, steel, cut nails, glass, tile, etc.), attracting an influx of immigrants from Germany, Ireland, Poland, Italy, Lebanon, Greece, and Eastern Europe as a result of growing industry; formation of labor movement and unions.

An eight-sided "navigation" star was chosen as a nod to Wheeling's importance as a transportation hub. This star is a traditionally used on compasses/maps/nautical charts/monuments to display the orientation of the cardinal directions (N, E, S, and W) and their intermediate points (NE, SE, SW, NW).

As Wheeling is the birthplace of West Virginia, the official state colors have been used: West Virginia navy blue (PMS 295 C) for the horizontal bars and West Virginia "old gold" (PMS 124 C) used for the 5 stars.

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