What does a Civil War sword, an old compass, and Don Knotts' watch have to do with each other? They're all part of a new historical series coming to the pages of The Daily Athenaeum. 

Through a partnership with the West Virginia & Regional History Center, The DA will feature an interesting historical artifact from the center's expansive collection housed at WVU Library's Downtown Campus location. 

Starting Monday, February 4, you'll learn about odd and interesting items from WVU and West Virginia's history each week, like the story of David Hunter Strother's grandfather clock, or how the Morrill Act Land Grant helped establish WVU. 

The WVRHC collects, preserves, and provides public access to materials that show the history and culture of West Virginia and the central Appalachian region. You can learn more about them at