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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

June is West Virginia month! 

Here at the Division of Culture and History, we will be offering programs that celebrate our state and its people.

The Culture Center will host the third annual West Virginia Ambassadors Camp this year, bringing eighth grade students from around the state to Charleston to learn more about our state government, arts and the capital city.  On June 20, we’ll be celebrating the state’s birthday!  Join us for the day’s activities and a piece of birthday cake! Archives and History lectures are scheduled this month as well.

At Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex the featured artist program continues with woodworker Ed Doughty.  At the discovery desk, families are encouraged to visit Marshall County to find windows of the past and to design their own with special window etching paper. 

West Virginia Independence Hall and Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park are filled with exhibits that offer insights into our state’s history and the people who helped make the Mountain State what it is today. 

Enjoy this month and celebrate our 152nd birthday with us!

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Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
June 18
Lecture Series: "West Virginia Songs," with John Lilly
Archives and History Library
September 24
Lecture Series: Rediscovering the Hyre Mound
September 4
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
 
June 20
West Virginia Day
The Great Hall
October 22
Lecture Series: Pioneering Archaeology in the Mountain State: The Career of Edward V. McMichael
   
July 7
Lecture Series: Dr. Paul Rakes. “Violence in the Coal Fields”
Archives and History Library
November 19
Lecture Series: Guyasuta: Defender of the Ohio River Valley
   
July 16
Lecture Series: Brandon Kirk.  “Lincoln County Feud”
Archives and History Library
December 17
Film Series: “The Real George Washington”
   
July 29
Appalachian Sting Band Music Festival
Camp Wahington-Carver
     
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West Virginia Division of Culture and History is Now Accepting Entries for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Provide Free Summer Youth Camps 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville to Present Free Family Activities Throughout June 

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Ken Sullivan, Executive Director of the West Virginia Humanities Council, to Receive 2015 Vandalia Award on May 22  

Cameron High School Team One Wins West Virginia State History Bowl 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Seeking Entries for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015  

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