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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


Summer is here!  At the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, we look forward to visitors whose travels have brought them to the Mountain State.  We are happy to welcome them to all of our locations and to provide them with different perspectives on our state’s history and heritage.  From prehistoric to statehood to contemporary times, our museums, exhibits, programs and activities are designed to give visitors a taste of our state’s diversity.

We celebrate West Virginia Day on June 20th.  This year, the Culture Center will host a celebration that will include the sale of our exclusive, limited edition Blenko vase as well as family activities and birthday cake.  West Virginia Independence Hall will host Abraham Lincoln reading the statehood proclamation and a birthday cake as well.

As family and friends come to visit this summer, we hope you will include stops at the State Museum and State Archives, Grave Creek Mound, Museum in the Park and West Virginia Independence Hall in your day.  Each site is open Tuesday through Saturday and there is no admission charge for these opportunities to discover more about our wonderful state!

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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 20
West Virginia Day Celebration
June 20
11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
West Virginia Day Celebration
September 3 – 4
Aunt Jennie Festival
August 4 – 7
Appalachian String Band Festival
June 7 – July 2
Discovery Table
Family Crafts Design a Plate

June 23
HP Lecture-6:00pm
Investigating Fort Scammon: Charleston’s forgotten citadel
Dr. Billy Joe Peyton

September 17
Kid's Day at the Hall
    June 11
1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Movie
John Brown’s Holy War

July 16
Culture Center 40th
Anniversary Celebration

      September 29
7 p.m. Lecture
Rosser’s Raid on Beverly by
W. Hunter Lesser

October 15
West Virginia
Marching Band Invitationa

      October 20
7 p.m. Lecture
Plantation Archaeology,
Industrial Slavery and
the Glenwood Project by
Robert Maslowski
October 16
Celebration of 50th
Anniversary of National Historic
Preservation Act
      November 17
7 p.m. Lecture
Trail of Tears – Experience
of Ohio’s Iroquois by
Christopher B. Chaney
December 10
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
      December 29
7 p.m. Movie
Secrets of the Dead
Jamestown’s Darkest Winter
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