Skip Navigation

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

When President John F. Kennedy said, “We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives,” he reminded us all that we don’t succeed alone.  During November, a month of thanksgiving with friends and family gatherings, I think his message is especially on point.

At the West Virginia Division of Culture and History we work with talented people of all ages and see how their abilities touch the people around them.  We have wonderful partners who help us with programs like VH1 Save The Music, West Virginia Ambassadors and summer camps

We are supported by commission members who give their time to review grants and offer their expertise in many areas. Generous people donate art and documents that enrich our collections so that we can share them with others. 

We appreciate the teachers and parents who bring children to see the State Museum and our other sites.  We are grateful for the musicians, artisans and crafters who make Vandalia, Appalachian String Band and other programs true representations of the talent and creativity of West Virginians.

Thank you for helping us promote and preserve West Virginia’s heritage and culture.

Click here for Historic Preservation Grant Presentation photos.
Click Here to Join our Email List!
Closed Dates for 2015

The Festival of Songs event will not take place in 2015. We appreciate your interest in our program and invite you to watch for news in 2016!

Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
  November 19
Lecture Series: Guyasuta: Defender of the Ohio River Valley
  December 17
Film Series: “The Real George Washington”
Click here to see a full listing. Click here to see a full listing.    
Click here for our searchable Events calendar.
Click here
if you would like to join our mailing list.