“Tracks of the Past” by Jill Mullins was honored as Best in Show (Adult) in the 2018 Hidden History Photo Contest. The photo was taken at the Nuttallburg site in New River Gorge National River, Fayette County. Photographs may be entered in the 2020 contest until Sept. 7.

GLEN JEAN — It’s time for the 2020 Hidden History Photo Contest, where the rich cultural heritage of southern West Virginia is revealed through photography. Capture stories of the past with a creative eye and a camera, sharing the diverse history preserved in this region’s national and state parks, the National Coal Heritage Area, and even our own back yards.

Prizes will be awarded, and winning photos will be displayed at Tamarack, online, and in heritage museums throughout southern West Virginia.

The entry deadline for the free contest open to West Virginia adult and youth amateur photographers is Sept. 7. Photographs can be entered in several history-based subject categories and must be taken within the specified contest area.

The 2020 contest also features a new History Happenings category in honor of the challenges our communities have met in 2020. See contest rules and link to the free online entry platform at

The Hidden History Photo Contest is coordinated by the National Park Service in partnership with the National Coal Heritage Area, Tamarack, and West Virginia State Parks. This celebration of heritage through the arts is part of southern West Virginia’s annual Hidden History Weekend (Sept. 25 to Sept. 27), which highlights the cultural significance of this region for visitors and locals alike.

The 2020 Hidden History Weekend event will include virtual and some on-site programs, following current and future state safety protocols. Look for more information on the event schedule by mid-September at

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