West Virginia State Museum Education

Discovery Room 17: It's Not All Work

Discovery Room 17



When it came time to relax, many West Virginians in the early 1900’s did so with friends and families who lived nearby. Quilting bees were popular choices for women, who would get together to enjoy friendly conversation, and perhaps a little local gossip, while they sewed fine stiches. Men might gravitate toward a game of baseball, or football. Evenings might be spent gathered around making their own music, or listening to music, news, or shows on that new invention, the radio.

While leisure time might have been spent the same way, not all towns were the same. Coal towns, especially, could be well-kept and modern, or run down with poor sanitary conditions. This Discovery Room offers a glimpse at that disparity.

Discovery Room 17

Video courtesy of West Virginia Public Broadcasting; Videographer/Editor: Janet Kunicki; Narrator: Beth Vorhees

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Discovery Room 1
1: An Ancient Land
Discovery Room 2
2: Prehistoric People
Discovery Room 3
3: Conflict and Settlement
Discovery Room 4
4: Frontier Life
Discovery Room 5
5: John Brown's Raid
Discovery Room 6
6: The War within a State
Discovery Room 7
7: The Case for Statehood
Discovery Room 8
8: The Big City
Discovery Room 9
9: The Family Farm
Discovery Room 10
10: The Company Store
Discovery Room 11
11: Changing Roles of Women
Discovery Room 12
12: Trains and Railroads
Discovery Room 13
13: Boats and Rivers
Discovery Room 14
14: Industrialization
Discovery Room 15
15: The Mining Life
Discovery Room 16
16: The State Capitol
Discovery Room 17
17: It's Not all Work
Discovery Room 18
18: The Great Depression
Discovery Room 19
19: The Mine Wars
Discovery Room 20
20: West Virginians at War
Discovery Room 21
21: Late 20th Century
Discovery Room 22
22: Celebrating West Virginia
Discovery Room 23
23: From Here to There
Discovery Room 24
24: Painting and Sculpture
Discovery Room 25
25: A Legacy of Craftsmanship
Discovery Room 26
26: Traditions of Music