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The mission of the West Virginia Department of Arts, 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 Curator Randall Reid-Smith.

Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith

Happy New Year!

We are thrilled to get the new year started as we prepare for all of the wonderful events that will be taking place in 2020! From String Band to Marching Band, Ambassadors Camp and a new History Bowl champ, 2020 promises to be the best one yet!

As always, we encourage you to visit the West Virginia State Museum. The museum follows a chronological exhibit path beginning with prehistoric times through early settlement and into the present, making the State Museum a wonderful place to bring the family for a fun-filled, educational experience!

We also encourage you to stop at West Virginia Independence Hall and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex to enjoy programs and family activities that remind us of our state's prehistoric heritage or join traditional music fans from around the world at Camp Washington-Carver for the Appalachian String Band Festival.

We hope your New Year's resolution involves spending more time with us this year as we present our state's culture and heritage and celebrate our past!

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