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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


August is here. We still have time for weekend trips, maybe a vacation and visits with family and friends.

If you are looking for something special to do August 3 to 6, head to Camp Washington Carver at Clifftop for a wonderful traditional and neotraditional music festival that attracts musicians and fans from around the world. 

On Tuesdays through Saturdays, you might consider taking your guests and family to our museums. The West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, just opened a commemorative exhibit featuring West Virginia’s involvement in World War 1; the artifacts and the exhibit are a tribute to our heroic soldiers.  Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville is offering a series of family oriented activities and programs that will help you cool down on hot days.  Museum in the Park in Logan sits in the midst of Chief Logan State Park; you can enjoy the scenic mountain site as well as enjoy the museum’s exhibits.  West Virginia Independence Hall is an amazing place to learn more about West Virginia statehood.

I hope you will take time this month to enjoy everything our state can offer in these lovely summer days and celebrate the culture, history and heritage that make West Virginia “wild and wonderful!”

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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
August 31
The Block Lecture Series
Chlorine Grigsby-Carter
August 31
Fort Henry Commemorative Speaker Series Walking Tour
September 23 – 24
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
Pickin’ in the Park Theater
August 1 – 5, 2018
Appalachian String Band Festival
September 28
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”
Lecture Series

September 5- December 20
West Virginia Transportation Exhibit
Great Hall North Gallery and Archives Library

September 15
Constitution Day
    October 26
"Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old"
Lecture Series

September 6
Diversifying Perspectives Exhibit
Balcony Gallery

October 15
State Historic Preservation Awards
2:00 p.m.
Native American Heritage Month Program
Lecture Series

September 21
Ken Hechler - Carter Seaton Taylor
Lecture Series

"Teddy Tucker: Adventure is my Life"

September 22
Farm Bureau Poster Exhibit
Great Hall South Gallery

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October 21
West Virginia Marching Band Invitational
Laidley Field
November 11
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
State Theater
November 12–February 11
Juried Exhibition
Art Museum of West Virginia University Morgantown WV
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