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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

We’re 40!

This is a big month for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. We’ve reached an anniversary milestone!

It might seem odd for the agency to celebrate this when you consider we are responsible for archives and museum collections and historic sites that are much older. Yet, we are proud of how we are bringing arts, history, historic preservation and heritage together so that people can see the connections. We are proud to say that our agency is not static. The work we do with arts organizations, historic groups, preservationists, educators and youth reach throughout the state. We’ve given 40 years of service to thousands of people. We look forward to many more years and many more programs that allow us to preserve, protect and promote the past accomplishments of our state and to build confidence in our future.

Please join us at the Culture Center on Saturday, July 15, as we celebrate our agency’s anniversary and open a new exhibit commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I with exceptional pieces from the State Museum collection. We will be selling a special limited-edition Blenko vase to celebrate the occasion.

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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
July 27
The Block Lecture Series
Rev. Paul H. Easley
    August 2–6
Appalachian String Band Festival
August 12
“Ice Age Death Trap: Uncovering Mammoths, Mastodons, and Other Vanished Beasts”
Second Saturday Film

August 31
The Block Lecture Series
Chlorine Grigsby-Carter

      September 28
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”
Lecture Series

September 21
Ken Hechler - Carter Seaton Taylor
Lecture Series

      October 26
"Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old"
Lecture Series

Native American Heritage Month Program
Lecture Series


"Teddy Tucker: Adventure is my Life"
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Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series to Present “War Process of Native American Warriors at Fort Henry” at West Virginia Independence Hall on July 27  

“African American Life: A Personal Perspective” to be Presented by Reverend Dr. Paul H. Easley on Thursday, July 27, in the Archives and History Library  

2018 State Historic Preservation Annual Work Program Announced 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Participate in Blue Star Museums 

Second Round of Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants Available 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Sets Application Deadline for Cultural Facilities and Capital Resource Grants  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Presents Family Activities During June 

2017 Vandalia Gathering Contest Winners Announced  

Annual Quilt and Wall Hanging Exhibition on Display at the Culture Center 

Dulcimer Maker Jim Good of Roane County Received the 2017 Vandalia Award on May 26 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Feature New Exhibit to Commemorate World War I  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Seeking Entries for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2017 

CERF+ relief assistance 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Offer Grant Aid to Arts, History Organizations Affected by Flooding  

Three West Virginia Marching Band Directors to be Inducted into West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame  

West Virginia State Museum Earns 2013 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Honored as a Top Performing Museum as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces New Operating Hours for the Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound, Independence Hall, Museum in the Park and the State Museum  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Introduces New State Museum App  

Blair Mountain information 

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