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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

School is back in session! At the Division of Culture and History we've got plenty of programs lined up for West Virginia's students.

In September, we will introduce a new online education program for the West Virginia State Museum.  This special service provides lesson plans and information for teachers.  It is the next step in our efforts to make certain that our education programs are relevant and timely for the teachers and students who visit the State Museum.

Also in the coming months we are continuing programs that showcase the talents, energies and creativity of West Virginia middle and high school students.  Here are the upcoming programs along with links for more information and applications.  Please encourage your young students and their schools to participate!

October 15 -- West Virginia Marching Band Invitational - Laidley Field, Charleston
November 4 - West Virginia Science, Engineering and Art Fair - WVU-Tech, Montgomery
December 10 - First Lady's Festival of Songs - Culture Center, Charleston

For those who are planning ahead, we have schedules set for the annual West Virginia History Bowl, Poetry Out Loud and Dance Festival!
February - March - West Virginia History Bowl regional tournaments
February 24 - 26 - West Virginia Dance Festival Adjudications, Culture Center, Charleston
March 3-4 - Poetry Out Loud, Culture Center, Charleston
April 25 - West Virginia State History Bowl Championship, Culture Center, Charleston
April 28 - 30 - West Virginia Dance Festival, Culture Center, Charleston

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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
October 6 - 6:00pm
Historic Preservation Lecture:
Preservation and Restoration with Large and Small Budgets
  October 15 – 16
Aunt Jennie Festival
  September 24
9am - 5pm
Smithsonian Museum Day Live!

October 15
West Virginia
Marching Band Invitational

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

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

      October 1
noon - 4pm
Archaeology Day

October 25
Halloween Party

      October 8
1pm & 3pm Film
Secrets of the Dead:
Vampire Legend

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

      October 15
1pm - 3pm
International Archaeology Day
December 6
Joyful Night
      For more informaion on these events click here.
December 10
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
     
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West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Host Grant Workshops, Public Comment Meeting in Morgantown 

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History Recognizes Smithsonian magazine’s Museum Day Live! Saturday, Sept. 24 

Poetry Out Loud Registration Set for December 1 

Annual Labor Day Weekend Concerts at Chief Logan State Park Moved to Oct. 15 and 16 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Sets Application Deadline for Cultural Facilities and Capital Resources Grants  

Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants Available 

State Historic Preservation Office Celebrates 50th Anniversary of National Historic Preservation Act with Unveiling of 2016 Posters and Announcement of Snookie Nutting Lecture Series At West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling this Friday, Aug. 19  

Appalachian String Band Music Festival Announces 2016 Contest Winners 

MUSIC RISING HELPS RESTORE DEVASTATED MUSIC PROGRAMS IN FLOOD DAMAGED WEST VIRGINIA SCHOOLS PARTNERING WITH THE MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS FOUNDATION 

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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