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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
It’s February! 2019 is off to an incredible start and we are keeping it rolling this month with the Arts in Our Communities Conference (February 12-13), the introduction of the First Lady’s Blenko piece and Arts Day at the Legislature on February 14th!

This month we also celebrate our state’s history with the 23rd annual West Virginia History Day on February 21st! The event will be held at the West Virginia State Capitol Complex during the 1st session of the 84th West Virginia Legislature. West Virginia History Day is officially designated by the West Virginia Archives and History Commission as a special day to recognize the state's rich and varied history. Simultaneously, we have the privilege of recognizing thirty-nine History Heroes, who have been nominated by various organizations from around the state based on their indelible impact and contribution to state and local history.

As always, we also encourage you to visit the West Virginia State Museum. At the entrance of the museum, we are commemorating the 25th anniversary of West Virginia Quilters, Inc. and later this month (February 22nd) we unveil the Congressional Arts exhibit that shares our best & brightest young artists’ work who have the chance to represent their congressional district and state in Congress’s annual national arts competition!

Lastly, revel in our state’s history on the lower level of the State Museum—follow the chronological exhibit path beginning with prehistoric times through early settlement and into the present, making the West Virginia State Museum a wonderful place to bring the family for a fun-filled, educational experience!

We hope you to see you soon!


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