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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

Welcome to March!

The Division of Culture and History has plenty going on this month and we hope that you will be able to join us!

March 3 and 4 we host the statewide Poetry Out Loud competition at the Culture Center.  This year, 39 high school students are competing. 

We have History Bowl regional tournaments in Hardy County and in Barboursville; the exciting all-state play-in will be in Buckhannon on March 18.

We celebrate our state's history and our history heroes on March 9 at History Day at the Legislature.  We will salute the History Heroes at 9 a.m. in the Culture Center theater.

And I would like to offer special thanks to the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra for saluting our agency and me at its "Country Roads, Take Me Home" gala this month.  I am honored and grateful for their appreciation of the work we are doing to support, promote and grow the state's vibrant arts community.

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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
April 20
Archives Lecture: Darla Spencer. Early Native Americans in West Virginia: The Fort Ancient Culture

Closed for Winter


April 25
West Virginia History Bowl Championship


April 28-30
West Virginia Dance Festival


May 25
Archives Lecture: Mary Booker. Block Series Speaker


May 26 – 28
Vandalia Gathering

June 15
Archives Lecture: Doug Wood. "Cultural Crossroads: Establishing the 17th Century Fur Trade in the Trans-Allegheny Region."
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West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office to Host Three Disaster Preparedness Workshops in April 

Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series to Present “The Second Siege of Fort Henry” at West Virginia Independence Hall on March 30 

Future of Federal Support for the Arts 

Webster County High School Student to Represent West Virginia at Poetry Out Loud Contest in Washington, D.C., April 25-26  

2017 Congressional Youth Art Competition Winners Announced 

Entry Deadline Set for April 24 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition 2017 Announced  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents March Family Activities  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Names Debbie Rainey Haught Acting Director of Arts Section  

Jackson Middle School Team Two Wins Region 5 History Bowl Tournament 

Historic Preservation Development Grants Available 

CERF+ relief assistance 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Offer Grant Aid to Arts, History Organizations Affected by Flooding  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents Family Activities Throughout May  

Museum in the Park to Present Black History Program “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13  

Three West Virginia Marching Band Directors to be Inducted into West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame  

West Virginia State Museum Earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Honored as a Top Performing Museum as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces New Operating Hours for the Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound, Independence Hall, Museum in the Park and the State Museum  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Introduces New State Museum App  

Blair Mountain information 

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