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.
This is March!
February was another wonderful month off and now we’re ready to shamrock and roll into the Spring with another month of amazing events and youth programs!
March kicks off with Poetry Out Loud on March 1st and 2nd, which encourages students to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life!
We don’t stop there; the West Virginia History Bowl Championship provides us with a taste of March Madness as the best and brightest eighth-grade West Virginia History students from across the state test their mettle against each other to determine who will advance to the state tournament at the Culture Center in Charleston next month. Region VII History Bowl on March 1 Region IV History Bowl on March 2 will determine our final regional representatives before the play-in tournament at Buckhannon-Upshur on March 16 determine the final eight teams that will form the twenty-four-team championship-hopeful teams that will face-off for the 2019 West Virginia History Bowl Championship.
This month we will also commemorate the centennial celebration of the founding of the West Virginia State Police, with the opening of the exhibit that the 100-hundred years of service to our great state.
Lastly, don’t forget to come and 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!
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