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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-SmithWhat a great spring we have had so far!

Our congratulations go to the West Virginia History Bowl champion Cameron Middle School Team 1.  We also congratulate Tyler Ray, Webster Springs High School, for his performance at the National Poetry Out Loud competition and West Virginia Dance Scholarship winners Maegan Casimir and Gillian Wanosky.  We are proud to offer opportunities like these that allow our young West Virginians to expand their interest in culture and art.

We will showcase even more talented West Virginians at the annual Vandalia Gathering.  Mark your calendars for May 26 – 28 when music, dance, arts, crafts and youth activities will turn the State Capitol Complex into a celebration of our traditional culture and heritage.  Old timers and newcomers will gather together to make music, swing their partners and enjoy this great outdoor event.  Bring a blanket and chairs so you can pick a spot and enjoy the festivities.

Grave Creek Mound is featuring the art work of Moundsville Middle School students.  On May 20 and June 3, join our staff for the annual planting of the interpretive garden.

Looking ahead, Camp Washington Carver is gearing up for the annual Appalachian String Band Festival August 2 -6.  Clifftop, as it is known, is an international favorite for traditional and neo-traditional musicians who come from around the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to enjoy concerts, competitions and lively jam sessions.

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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
June 15
"Cultural Crossroads: Establishing the 17th Century Fur Trade in the Trans-Allegheny Region."
Lecture Series
June 20
West Virginia Day
June 20
West Virginia Day
August 2–6
Appalachian String Band Festival
June 10
“The Mine Wars”
Second Saturday Film

June 19–20
West Virginia Ambassadors Camp

      June 17
“Burning Springs – The Forgotten Story”
By Storyteller Judi Tarowsky

June 20
West Virginia Day

      June 20
West Virginia Day

      July 8
Pirate Day

 

      July 8
“Secrets of the Dead: Blackbeard’s Lost Ship”
Second Saturday Film
        August 12
“Ice Age Death Trap: Uncovering Mammoths, Mastodons, and Other Vanished Beasts”
Second Saturday Film
        September 28
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”
Lecture Series
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Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series to Present “Focus on Forts” at West Virginia Independence Hall on June 29 

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

Archives and History Library to Present Three Lectures in June 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Presents Family Activities During June 

2017 Vandalia Gathering Contest Winners Announced  

Annual Quilt and Wall Hanging Exhibition on Display at the Culture Center 

Dulcimer Maker Jim Good of Roane County Received the 2017 Vandalia Award on May 26 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Feature New Exhibit to Commemorate World War I  

Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series to Present “The Other Zanes” at West Virginia Independence Hall on May 25  

2017 West Virginia Dance Festival Scholarship Winners Announced 

Cameron High School Team One Wins West Virginia State History Bowl 

2017 Quilt and Wall Hangings Deadline Extended to May 1. 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Seeking Entries for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2017 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents April Family Activities  

Future of Federal Support for the Arts 

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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