Founded in 1867, West Virginia University has had a long and rich history. In 1862, before the state of West Virginia was even in existence, President Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act, which offered states grants of land to establish a college to teach mechanical arts and agriculture. Beginning as the Agricultural College of West Virginia, the school changed its name to West Virginia University in 1868.
2017 saw the 150th birthday of West Virginia University, and a reflection of the immense change WVU has gone through over the years. This exhibit not only looks at the founding of WVU, but its history and the legacies it has left behind. The artifacts presented in this exhibit are drawn from the Flowing Outward and Beyond exhibit in the West Virginia and Regional History Center, located in the Downtown Library at West Virginia University.