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The mission of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History is to identify, preserve, protect, promote and present the ideas, arts and artifacts of West Virginia’s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confidence in our future.


Welcome from Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith

 

August starts with a musical celebration for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. The annual Appalachian String Band Festival at historic Camp Washington-Carver brings traditional and neo-traditional musicians and music lovers from around the world. Each year, this event brings old friends, new visitors and families together to enjoy the music and the mountain.

Visitors to Grave Creek Mound will enjoy a new exhibit. Installed this summer it focuses on prehistoric sites around the Mountain State. While you visit, be sure to enjoy the family activities at the Discovery Table and see how the interpretive garden is growing!

As school starts, we look forward to seeing school and youth groups at the Culture Center. Student tours of the Museum can be enhanced with online lesson plans and optional museum activities. If you haven’t scheduled your visit, please consider doing so!

As always, we look forward to sharing the stories of our state heritage, history and culture at all of our sites!

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Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
West Virginia
Independence Hall
Museum in the Park Camp Washington-Carver Grave Creek Mound
Archaeology Complex
September 9
Diversifying Perspectives
Art Exhibit Opens
September 17
Kid's Day at the Hall
October 15 – 16
Aunt Jennie Festival
  September 10
noon - 4pm
Fossil Day

October 15
West Virginia
Marching Band Invitationa
l

      September 24
9am - 5pm
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

October 16
Celebration of 50th
Anniversary of National Historic
Preservation Act

      September 29
7pm Lecture
Rosser’s Raid on Beverly:
One Last Frolic for the Confederacy

October 25
Halloween Party

      October 1
noon - 4pm
Archaeology Day

November 4
Science, Engineering and Art Fair
WVU-Tech, Montgomery

      October 8
1pm & 3pm Film
Secrets of the Dead:
Vampire Legend
December 6
Joyful Night
      October 15
1pm - 3pm
International Archaeology Day
December 10
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
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