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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-SmithIt’s August and summer is almost over. While families are wrapping up vacations and thinking about sending the kids back to school, we will be preparing for all the great events we will be hosting this fall. One such event to bring the family to this month is the annual Appalachian String Band Music Festival at Camp Washington-Carver in Clifftop, Fayette County. Come out for a long weekend getaway on August 1 - 5 to listen to amazing traditional and neotraditional music from musicians all around the world.

Before school begins, consider spending a day at the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center in Charleston. The museum is filled with over 6,000 artifacts from the state’s history, and this will be the last chance to see the annual Quilt Exhibition in the Great Hall as it will come down in September. Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville is offering several family activities, including crafts at the Discovery Table and a featured artist of the month. West Virginia Independence Hall is a great place to visit to learn more about the state’s history and to see the building where West Virginia officially became a state.

We look forward to seeing you in these last days of summer! Get out and enjoy what “Almost Heaven” has to offer.

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