CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Division of Culture and History will celebrate the state’s 155th birthday in three locations Wednesday.

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Last year’s West Virginia birthday cupcake.

The state Culture Center in Charleston, Independence Hall in Wheeling and the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville will host a number of activities beginning at 9 a.m.

June 20 is a state holiday every year. Other states don’t celebrate like West Virginia, Deputy Director of Culture and History Bethany Cline said.

“I think it’s a big deal for us because of the tumultuous time in our history that we became a state and the struggle that it took to do that,” Cline said.

West Virginia became the 35th state in the Union on June 201, 1863. It was the only state born out of the Civil War.

“It reminds us why we became a state, how we became a state and what it means to everyone who lives here,” Cline said.

Beginning at 9 a.m. at the Culture Center, 35 special edition Blenko glass pieces will be on sale at $69 each. Birthday cake and cupcakes will be available at noon. Beginning at 1 p.m, the Senator Jennings Randolph and Thorney Lieberman photography exhibit titled The Family of Coal will be introduced.

Activities at Independence Hall will include a visit from Abraham LIncoln beginning at noon. Grave Creek Mound activities are scheduled from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

State, county and many local government offices will be closed Wednesday in observance of the holiday.

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