Birthday bash for Boreman

WHEELING — At 5:15 p.m. Monday, July 24, the WALS Foundation will present an official dedication and unveiling ceremony for a new Highway Historical Marker being installed by the Archives & History Section of the West Virginia Division of Culture & History in front of the First State Capitol building, 1413 Eoff St., Wheeling.

This ceremony will take place on the birthday of Arthur I. Boreman, the first governor of West Virginia, who delivered his first inaugural address on the steps of the First State Capitol, near where the new marker will stand.

Travis Henline, former site manager at West Virginia Independence Hall Museum, will present a few remarks about Gov. Boreman’s life and impact on the state. The brief ceremony will be followed by birthday cake and refreshments in the First State Capitol.

The text for the new marker reads:

“Built in 1859 for Linsly Institute, this building served as the first capitol of West Virginia from 1863-70. The inauguration of the state’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman, was held here on June 20, 1863. West Virginia ratification of the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, and the 14th and 15th amendments, occurred within these walls.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 304-232-8100, email, or find the WALS Foundation on Facebook.