"In the event of an attack upon the Custom House, we will be very much opposed," she wrote. But at the same time, Bullock worried that those favoring the Southern cause would be treated unfairly. "A Union meeting will be held here tonight, and a great fear is entertained that they will be asking for the property of the leading secessionists if they do not put up Stars and Stripes."
Bullock went on to become West Virginia's first first lady, marrying Arthur Boreman, the first governor of the new state.
Among documents on display covering the era that followed statehood is an 1870 "Immigrants Guide," produced by Diss Debar, the state's first immigration commissioner, as well as the designer of the State Seal. In the guide, Debar talked up the benefits of resettling in the Mountain State, including scenic beauty and an abundance of natural resources.
Harpers and Colliers magazines covered the 1877 Martinsburg rail strike, the nation's first large labor action, in which Baltimore & Ohio Railroad employees, upset by a 10 percent wage cut, parked and abandoned more than 70 trains at Martinsburg. Illustrations of the strike from the two magazines are included in the exhibit.
A shopping list of materials needed for construction of the West Virginia pavilion at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair is on display, along with items to be included in a West Virginia coal-mining exhibit.
Documents from the 20th century include photos and news accounts of mining disasters, New Deal projects and the formation of the Green Bank Observatory and National Youth Science Camp.
A 1959 letter from John F. Kennedy to then-state Democratic Party Chairman Hulett Smith seeks Smith's comments regarding an attached statement announcing Kennedy's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination.
A 1960 poster issued by the Charleston chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality urges shoppers to boycott the Diamond Department Store for refusing to serve black shoppers at its lunch counter. "Every dime you spend there supports racial abuse," the poster proclaims. "Don't betray your principles and your people by being seen in that store."
Among the most recent events covered by the exhibit are documents dealing with the development of the Boy Scouts of America's Summit Bechtel Reserve near Mount Hope.
The exhibit, free and open to the public, will be on display through June 22.
Reach Rick Steelhammer at rsteelham...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5169.