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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

Welcome February!

The Culture Center is saluting Black History Month by showcasing youth art saluting Martin Luther King and featuring the Norman family in the Archives photo gallery.  Also at the Culture Center, we opened a West Virginia Quilts exhibit in the Great Hall.  Museum in the Park has opened “West Virginia Answering the Call”, a special salute to our state’s military history.

Our staff is hitting the road this month as we travel to middle schools around the state for the West Virginia History Bowl regional tournaments.  Eighth graders from around the state will compete to earn a place at the state tournament that takes place in April in Charleston. 

The Dance Festival gets its start this month as well.  Adjudications for the April festival evening performances take place at the Culture Center. 

Lectures at the Culture Center and at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex will offer historic perspectives on prehistoric peoples, Loudon Height Garden Club and more!

If you love West Virginia culture and history and enjoy opportunities to learn more about our state, I invite you to come by!  We are proud to share stories about our history.

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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
January 29
History Day at the Legislature,
History Heroes Presentations 9 a.m.
in State Theater
February 5
Regional History Bowl Tournament
September 3 – 4
Aunt Jennie Festival
August 4 – 7
Appalachian String Band Festival
February 2
Pam Harvit – Louden Heights Revisited
March 4
Gallowglass: Kick-off for Wheeling Celtic Festival
February 12
Regional History Bowl Tournament
June 20
West Virginia Day Celebration
February 22
Arts Day at the Legislature
September 17
Kid's Day at the Hall
March 4 and 5
Poetry Out Loud State Competition
March 26
Capitol Easter Carnival and Marble Tournament
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