The Veterans Memorial Museum is located in the National Historic District of Hinton, WV. Located in the former Carnegie Library, built in 1912, the Veteran's Memorial Museum displays artifacts and memorabilia from veteran's of every major conflict and era. The museum is open May through November, or by appointment.
The Veterans Memorial Museum was established in August of 1995, as a 501c(3), non-profit organization (1). Housed in the former Carnegie Library, located adjacent to the Summers Middle School (formerly Hinton High School), the Veteran's Memorial Museum displays artifacts and memorabilia from veteran's of every major conflict and era (2). Visitwv.com states that it boasts Collections & memorabilia from the Revolutionary, Civil, WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam & the Gulf Wars. General MacArthur's footlocker, vintage Jeep. (3) WVyourWay.com calls it a Museum showing history of wars and veterans in southern WV from the frontier to the War on Terrorism. There is an excellent D-Day display and POW uniform worn by a local POW in from the Vietnam War. (4) Formerly the Hinton High School library, the building now serves as a museum. (5)
In an article on May 22, 2017, by The Register- Herald, Andrea Lannom interviewed Staff Sergeant Curt Messer about a memorial service hosted by Restwood Memorial Gardens. Messer was heavily involved in the opening of the museum. “The population of veterans here is small but it’s still here,” Messer said. “And this was their way of paying homage to veterans.” Messer said the veterans museum in Hinton was established around the same time as the service. “We wanted to get in on the action and pay tribute,” he said. “We got together and formed the Southern West Virginia Veterans Memorial Museum.” (6)
In the book titled War Monuments, Museums and Library Collections of 20th Century Conflicts: A Directory of United States Sites, published in 2002, the museum is said to display artifacts and memorabilia covering the participation of West Virginia citizens in U.S. conflicts from pre-Revolutionary War times. (7) In the listing it is indicated as being the only one in the state at that time, dedicated to honoring the veterans of the state. However, at least one other museum had been opened in the state prior to that publication, with the Those Who Served War Museum located in the Mercer County Memorial Building in Princeton, WV, honoring Mercer County's Veterans since 1999. The museum is also featured in another reference book. In the Encyclopedia of the Veteran in America, Volume 1, it states that the museum features exhibits and memorabilia from the Civil, the Revolutionary, the Vietnam, and the Gulf Wars as well as from World War I and World War II. (8)