Helvetia, WV
History Project

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The Helvetia History Project collects and preserves objects and information about our history, then makes them available to the public.

We often receive inquiries from descendents of early settlers who are researching their roots.  When possible, History Project staff provide information on the ancestors and, in some cases, have been able to connect the researchers with family members who are still living.

Photo of a play in 1924.

This play took place in 1924. The list of cast members and the program are available. If you can link any of the names to individuals in the photo, please send a note to elbetler@yahoo.com.

You can assist the History Project by providing information. If you have information, even oral histories, that you can share please let us know. We are posting photographs and asking for help in identifying people and places.

One project is the collection of information about the Helvetia Folk Dance Group from its beginning. 

A history book, Helvetia: The History of a Swiss Village, is available.

The History Project is headquartered in the log schoolhouse attached to the Helvetia Library and is managed by Eleanor Betler at elbetler@yahoo.com. The Project welcomes donations of items of historical interest and funds.

The Helvetia Genealogy Project may be useful to people who are researching their families.