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The mission of the West Virginia Division of 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

Welcome to 2017!

All of us at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History are looking forward to the new year and opportunities to promote, protect and preserve our state’s heritage. The diversity of our programs – arts, historic preservation, archives and museums – offers us many ways to help West Virginia and its residents celebrate and care for the places, stories and culture that make the Mountain State a special place for everyone who lives here and visits here.

We will continue to build on the successes of youth activities such as West Virginia History Bowl, Poetry Out Loud, West Virginia Dance Festival and VH1 Save The Music Foundation. We are making some wonderful changes to exhibits at Grave Creek Mound and Museum in the Park as well looking for ways to enhance our signature events – Vandalia Gathering and Appalachian String Band Festival.

We hope you will plan to get better acquainted with the fascinating and historic primary source documents in the State Archives and visit the Archives Library when you come to the Culture Center to visit the State Museum. We welcome adult groups as well as student groups to all of our sites for tours and a chance to explore our state’s unique history.

We wish you a happy new year and invite you to become our partners in protecting our past and building our future!

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Closed Dates for 2016

Happy Holidays from The Culture Center.

Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
West Virginia
Independence Hall
Museum in the Park Camp Washington-Carver Grave Creek Mound
Archaeology Complex
November 2016-February 2017
Fiesta is 80!
Exhibition in Great Hall


Closed for Winter

November 19 1pm & 3pm
“We Shall Remain: After the Mayflower”

November 24 & 25
Culture Center closed
for Thanksgiving

      December 29 7pm
“Secrets of the Dead: Jamestown’s Dark Winter”

December 2016-February 2017
Pearl Harbor Anniversary

      December 29 - January 5
Winter Vacation Crafts
Discovery Table

December 6
Joyful Night


December 10
First Lady’s Festival of Songs

December 13-14
Arts in Our Communities

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