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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
Summertime has entered its last full month, but there is still time to make some lasting memories. We still have time for weekend trips, maybe a vacation and visits with family and friends.

If you are looking for something special to do August 1 to 4, head to Camp Washington Carver at Clifftop for a wonderful traditional and neotraditional music festival that attracts musicians and fans from around the world. 

On Tuesdays through Saturdays, you might consider taking your guests and family to our museums. The West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, is still featuring one of its most popular annual exhibits; the Juried Quilt Exhibition is currently on display in the Great Hall until the end of the summer.  The quilts are all made by West Virginians that practice and pass down this traditional skill.  Grave Creek Mound in Moundsville is offering a series of family oriented activities and programs that will help you cool down on hot days.  West Virginia Independence Hall is an amazing place to learn more about West Virginia statehood.

I hope you will take time this month to enjoy everything our state can offer in these lovely summer days and celebrate the culture, history and heritage that make West Virginia “wild and wonderful!”

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