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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

The diversity of our department really becomes apparent in a month like October.  

On Saturday, Oct. 5, fossils take center stage at Grave Creek Mound as the staff and guests celebrate Archeology Month. This free event is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m.   Our Legacy, Our Future Preservation Awards reception, presented by the State Historic Preservation Office, at West Virginia Independence Hall, Wheeling is scheduled for Sunday, October 13 at 2 p.m.

On Oct. 19, our annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational will feature more than 40 state bands at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field. This year we have added a drum line competition that will take place on the state capitol grounds.

And our State Museum staff is promising a spooktacular Halloween Bash at the Culture Center on Oct. 29!

Join us, won’t you, for the events of your choice! 

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West Virginia Archives and History displays new “Bands in West Virginia” photograph exhibit 

“Rebecca Harding Davis” to be Presented by Rebekah Karelis and Margaret Brennan on Saturday, Oct. 26, in the Archives and History Library 

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History to Host Exhibit Opening for “HIGH DRAMA: Costumes from the Contemporary American Theater Festival,” Sept. 30 

Fall 2019 Issue of GOLDENSEAL Magazine Now Available 

West Virginia State Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants Available 

Appalachian String Band Music Festival Announces 2019 Contest Winners 

West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office Announces FY2020 Development Grant Recipients 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Announces July Activities 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Announces May Events 

“Fighting for Freedom: The Story of the United States Colored Troops” to be Presented at West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling on Feb. 23 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Hosts Fossil Day 

Charlie Cooper and Billy Joe Peyton to Present “Charleston Beautiful on the Kanawha” in the Archives and History Library on Aug. 16  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex to Plant Interpretive Garden on Saturday, May 19 and Saturday, June 2 

Historic Railroad River Crossings are Topic of Monthly Program at Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex on Thursday, April 26  

Wayne Middle School Team One Wins Region 2 History Bowl Tournament 

INCOME PRODUCING/COMMERCIAL REHABILITATION TAX CREDIT CHANGE 

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  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Introduces New State Museum App  

Blair Mountain information 

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