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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

February is a busy month for our division.

On February 19, we host History Day at the Legislature and, that morning, we announce the 2015 History Heroes.  On February 26, it will be Arts Day at the Legislature. These events allow our agency and our partners to talk with our legislators know how important history, arts and culture are to the Mountain State.

Our staff will be on the road, visiting middle schools around the state for the West Virginia History Bowl regional tournaments.  These fast-moving tournaments lead up to the State Championship on May 5.  We will host the West Virginia Dance Festival adjudications this month.  Dance companies and schools from around the state will perform before nationally recognized dance professionals for an opportunity to perform at the dance festival on April 17-19.

If you are a quilter, now is the time to decide what you want to submit for the annual West Virginia Juried Quilt Exhibition.  Find the guidelines on our website.  Your entries are due April 24 and the exhibition will open on May 22 at the Vandalia Gathering.

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Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
February 13 - July 2015
West Virginia Answers the Call – Military Exhibition
Theater Gallery
March 3 - April 11
“Fantastic Folded Flowers”
during regular museum hours
March 13
“Rosa Parks Portrayal”
Starts at 9:30am
March 1 - April 6, 2015
Congressional Arts Exhibition
Balcony Gallery
March 21
Painting with Natural Pigments
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
March 3
Congressional Arts Student Workshop and Awards Program (1 p.m.)
March 28 -April 14
Marshall County Student Art Show
Opening Reception is Saturday, March 28, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
March 6 – 7
Poetry Out Loud State Competition
March 26
Lecture: Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwest Florida
7:00 pm
March 26 -28
West Virginia Thespian Conference
April 30
Documenting and Restoring Wheeling’s Mount Wood Cemetery
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