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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 Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.

Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith
May is a month full of activities as families celebrate graduations, look forward to summer and enjoy weekend getaways. If you have family and friends in town or are just planning a weekend trip of your own, I hope you will consider visiting one of our sites around the state. Each site, with its unique focus on our state's history, is open to the public and there are no admission charges.

The State Museum in Charleston and the Grave Creek Mound Complex in Moundsville are great places to visit with families. Each Saturday, both sites offer family friendly activities. West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling is a wonderful place to be reminded of our state's unique beginnings.

We celebrate Memorial Day weekend here at the State Capitol Complex with the annual Vandalia Gathering, our state's signature festival celebrating traditional music, dance and crafts. The annual juried quilt exhibition will open that weekend in the Great Hall and the state's talented liars will be on tap for tall-tales at Sunday's Liar's Contest. In between, you'll find families and friends enjoying our state's cultural heritage.

We are honored to present West Virginia's stories and hope you'll join us as we share them!

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South Middle School Team Two Wins West Virginia State History Bowl 

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West Virginia artists to enter the 21st WEST VIRGINIA Juried Exhibition 

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West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History Announces Entry Dates for Annual Juried Quilt Exhibition 

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Wayne Middle School Team One Wins Region 2 History Bowl Tournament 

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West Virginia State Museum Announces New Saturday Family Programs 

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