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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


Art and history are taking top priority at the Division of Culture and History in May.

Visitors to Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will see that our exhibit area is under construction as we introduce new displays that focus on our state’s prehistoric and Native American history.  Even with that activity, Grave Creek will continue offering its popular family activities and look outdoors as the Interpretive Garden is planted.

At the Culture Center, we will host elementary school students on May 9 for an Opera on Wheels performance by the WVU School of Music and bring the best of West Virginia’s heritage to the State Capitol May 27 – 29 with the Vandalia Gathering!  While you are visiting, be sure to see the Juried Exhibition Award Winners and Purchase Selection exhibit on the balcony gallery.  The ever-popular West Virginia Quilt Exhibition will be on display after May 27.

Special congratulations to South Middle School, Morgantown!  They are this year’s West Virginia History Bowl champions.  We are proud to say that 72 of this year’s 224 Golden Horseshoe recipients participated in the statewide History Bowl competitions!

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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
May 27 – 29
Vandalia Gathering
June 20
West Virginia Day Celebration
September 3 – 4
Aunt Jennie Festival
August 4 – 7
Appalachian String Band Festival
May 14
Documentary Film “Searching
for the Great Hopewell Road”


September 17
Kid's Day at the Hall



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