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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 July is here!

Summer is in full swing and families are traveling. This is my favorite month to bring my family and friends to our state museums - West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville and the West Virginia State Museum and State Archives in Charleston. They are great places to visit and offer opportunities to take time to appreciate our state's history, heritage and culture.

What's more, they are all great places to start planning for visits to other special places in the state. No matter how young or old you are, there is something at each of these sites for everyone.

This is also the month when one of our most popular events begins. It's time for the annual Appalachian String Band Festival at Camp Washington Carver at Clifftop, Fayette County.

If you have been there before, you know what a great gathering of traditional musicians and music lovers this outdoor festival is. If you have never been there, you will be amazed at the performers of all ages and the international flavor of one of West Virginia's best known traditional music events. If you are looking for great music in a wonderful, historic setting, consider visiting between July 31 and August 4.

Enjoy the summer!

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