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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

Welcome to 2017!

It’s February.  Here at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History, we are into the swing of youth programming.

We begin the month celebrating diversity with our partners at the Herbert Henderson Office of Minority Affairs as we feature posters by students from around the state.  On February 17, we open the annual Congressional Youth Art exhibit in the Great Hall.

Throughout the month, we will recognize the hard work of eighth graders who are participating in West Virginia History Bowl regional tournaments around the state.  We will admire the dedication of young dancers who are attending the West Virginia Dance Festival adjudications.  And we will be offering some fun family activities at the Grave Creek Mound discovery table.

Students will be touring our sites and learning more about our state’s culture and heritage. 

We love the energy of young visitors.  Please come by and see for yourself how their enthusiasm for our state can have a positive effect on you, too!

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Closed Dates for 2016

Happy Holidays from The Culture Center.

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
February 6
Celebration of Diversity
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Closed for Winter

January 26
“Lewis and Clark: Eastern Legacy”

February 15
Arts Day at the Legislature

      February 11
“The Real George Washington”

February 17
Congressional Arts Awards
1 p.m.

      February 23
“Roots of Resistance:
The Story of the Underground Railroad”

March 3 – 4
Poetry Out Loud


March 9
History Day at the Legislature
History Heroes Presentations – 9a.m.

April 25
West Virginia History Bowl Championship

April 28-30
West Virginia Dance Festival
May 26 – 28
Vandalia Gathering
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History Day to Take Place at the State Capitol and Culture Center on Thursday, March 9  

Entry Deadline Set for April 24 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition 2017 Announced  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents March Family Activities  

39 Students to Compete in West Virginia Poetry Out Loud State Finals Competition on March 3-4, 2017  

West Virginia Independence Hall to Present Free Celtic Music Concert 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Names Debbie Rainey Haught Acting Director of Arts Section  

Jackson Middle School Team Two Wins Region 5 History Bowl Tournament 

West Virginia History Bowl regional and state competitions 

Historic Preservation Development Grants Available 

CERF+ relief assistance 

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

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents Family Activities Throughout May  

Museum in the Park to Present Black History Program “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13  

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  

Blair Mountain information 

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