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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

Spring is in the air and in our steps here at the Division!

With April comes an infusion of activities at our sites around the state.

At the Culture Center, we invite you to enjoy some traditional fun at the Easter Carnival and A. James Manchin Marble Tournament on Saturday, April 4.  The annual West Virginia Dance Festival will be April 17 – 19.  On Saturday, April 18, the evening program will feature the premier of Adrift,  featuring the poetry of Poet Laureate Marc Harshman, music by Adam Plantz, choreography by Jerry Rose and performances by West Virginia dancers and the West Virginia Youth Symphony

At Museum in the Park, our staff is looking forward to the April 25 annual Sue Browning Wildflower Hikes.  This free Saturday event gives you a chance to get outdoors and see what’s blooming at Chief Logan State Park!

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Center welcomes calligrapher Sharon Hanse to its artist exhibit and invites families to visit the Discovery Table for Fantastic Folded Flowers and Plant a Sunflower projects.

If you are planning ahead, mark May 5 on your calendar for the West Virginia History Bowl championship at the Culture Center!

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Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
February 13 - July 2015
West Virginia Answers the Call – Military Exhibition
Theater Gallery
March 3 - April 11
“Fantastic Folded Flowers”
during regular museum hours
March 13
“Rosa Parks Portrayal”
Starts at 9:30am
 
March 1 - April 6, 2015
Congressional Arts Exhibition
Balcony Gallery
March 21
Painting with Natural Pigments
10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
   
March 3
Congressional Arts Student Workshop and Awards Program (1 p.m.)
March 28 -April 14
Marshall County Student Art Show
Opening Reception is Saturday, March 28, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
   
March 6 – 7
Poetry Out Loud State Competition
March 26
Lecture: Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology in Northwest Florida
7:00 pm
   
March 26 -28
West Virginia Thespian Conference
April 30
Documenting and Restoring Wheeling’s Mount Wood Cemetery
   
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Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville to Present Talk on Wheeling’s Mount Wood Cemetery  

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville to Present Talk on Wheeling’s Mount Wood Cemetery  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Seeking Entries for the West Virginia Juried Exhibition 2015  

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces Trophy Winners in the A. James Manchin Memorial Marble Tournament  

Quilt Juror, Workshop Announced for 2015 Quilts and Wall Hangings Exhibition 

Greenbrier East High School Student to Represent West Virginia at Poetry Out Loud Contest in Washington, D.C., on April 28-29  

Museum in the Park to Present Black History Program “Rosa Parks Portrayal” on Friday, March 13  

History Day to Take Place at the State Capitol and Culture Center on Thursday, Feb. 19  

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  

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