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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
April is busy from start to finish at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History!

At the Culture Center, we dig into the Archives April 6 and 7 for the annual Hoot Owl overnight where participants can delve into the Archives stacks all night long. On April 24, eighth graders from around the state will vie for the top title at the ninth annual West Virginia History Bowl championship. We follow that up on April 27 – 29 with the West Virginia Dance Festival where we welcome dancers from around the state for a weekend of classes, workshops and performances.

Grave Creek Mound will feature the annual Marshall County Student Art Show through April 7. On Saturday, April 7, the Dineh Tah’ Navajo Dance Group will offer a free performance at 1 p.m.

As you plan travel during the coming months, we hope you will include the Culture Center at the State Capitol, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville and West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, on your trip lists!

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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 to Offer Quilt Workshop on May 4 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Accepting Entries for Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition Until Friday, April 27 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites artists to apply for West Virginia Emerging Artist Juried Exhibition  

Art Meets Science at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex 

West Virginia Independence Hall to Host Reenactment of John Brown Trial 

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

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Announces April Family Activities 

Spring 2018 Issue of GOLDENSEAL Magazine Now Available 

Records Management and Preservation Board Announces Grant Recipients 

Robert C. Byrd Courthouse exhibit features State Museum Contemporary Art Collection 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces Entry Dates for Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition 

Five Legislators to be Presented with History Advocate Awards at Annual History Day on Thursday, Feb. 22 

Wayne Middle School Team One Wins Region 2 History Bowl Tournament 

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CERF+ relief assistance 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Offer Grant Aid to Arts, History Organizations Affected by Flooding  

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  

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