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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 the month that we celebrate West Virginia in big ways at the Division of Culture and History. The Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex and West Virginia Independence Hall will hold free birthday events on Wednesday, June 20. Please join us if you are in our neighborhoods and enjoy family fun activities. The State Archives will introduce its newest collection – the papers of Jennings Randolph.

At the Culture Center, we will host our annual West Virginia Ambassadors Camp the same week. We welcome eighth grade students from around the state to learn more about West Virginia culture and history, government and the Capital City. Later in the month, we will showcase West Virginia arts and artists when we host the National Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts public meetings. It is our honor to host a meeting which has been held in Washington DC for more than 25 years. What a great way to let national arts leaders see and experience the wonderful creativity of the Mountain State.

The State Historic Preservation Office has issued an updated Historic West Virginia book, featuring all of the state’s resources listed in the National Register of Historic Places. More than 1,000 listings include brief descriptions of the sites, districts and areas worthy of preservation.

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History Unveils First Lady Cathy Justice Doll in Culture Center Collection 

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Edward Hargro to Present “African American Life: A Personal Perspective” in the Archives and History Library on June 28 

West Virginia State Museum Announces Summer Programs 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Invites Artists to Apply for West Virginia Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Seeks Feedback from West Virginia Artists 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Announces June Family Activities 

Arts Organizations: share your thoughts about arts in your community!  

Artist: Share your thoughts about arts in our state! 

Historic Resources Book Showcases West Virginia Sites and Districts 

2018 Vandalia Gathering Contest Winners Announced 

Bil Lepp receives 2018 Vandalia Award  

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

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex to Plant Interpretive Garden on Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 2 

2018 West Virginia Dance Festival Scholarship Winners Announced 

Cameron High School Team One Wins West Virginia State History Bowl 

Historic Railroad River Crossings are Topic of Monthly Program at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex on Thursday, April 26  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Receives Benedum Grant for STEAM Power WV 

Wayne Middle School Team One Wins Region 2 History Bowl Tournament 

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CERF+ relief assistance 

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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  

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