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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 Happy New Year!

We are thrilled to get the new year started as we prepare for all of the wonderful events that will be taking place in 2019! From String Band to Marching Band, Ambassadors Camp and a new History Bowl champ, this year promises to be the best yet!

As always, we encourage you to visit the West Virginia State Museum. The museum follows a chronological exhibit path beginning with prehistoric times through early settlement and into the present, making the State Museum a wonderful place to bring the family for a fun-filled, educational experience!

We also encourage you to stop at West Virginia Independence Hall and Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex to enjoy programs and family activities that remind us of our state’s prehistoric heritage or join traditional music fans from around the world at Camp Washington-Carver for the Appalachian String Band Festival.

We hope your New Year’s resolution involves spending more time with us this year as we present our state’s culture and heritage and celebrate our past!



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The 2019 West Virginia State Dance Festival Sign-up Deadline is Jan. 11, 2019 

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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 

CERF+ relief assistance 

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

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  

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