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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 December!  This is a month that can be anything but routine for many of us.  Holiday celebrations, family visits and school breaks make these 31 days a bit unpredictable.  In the midst of it all, I hope you will have time to reflect on the past year and look forward to the new one.

I am proud of the programs and projects that have filled our days at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.  All of our sites have been busy with programs that welcome the public and give our guests glimpses into the state’s heritage and history.  We have developed new arts and historic preservation programs that add to our youth activities.  We will be doing more in the coming year.

I wish all of you a month of good will and smiles.  Thank you for being friends, patrons and supporters of our state’s wonderful culture and history!

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The Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Center, Museum in the Park and West Virginia Independence Hall will be closed on these dates:
November 27, 28, 29, 30 – all day
December 24 from noon to 5 p.m.
December 25 – all day
December 31 from noon to 5 p.m.
January 1 – all day

The West Virginia State Museum will be closed:
December 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Culture Center, Archives Library and West Virginia State Museum will be closed:
December 6 – all day

Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
October 2014
West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Exhibition
Balcony Gallery
November 20, 2014
Native American History and Research in West Virginia
November 8, 2014
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
West Virginia State Theater
December 18, 2014
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
December 2, 2014
Joyful Night, 6:00pm
State Capitol Complex
December 2014
Landscapes and Portraits
Commissioner's Gallery
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