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