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.
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 â€“ 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 stateâ€™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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