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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-SmithWhat a great spring we have had so far!

Our congratulations go to the West Virginia History Bowl champion Cameron Middle School Team 1.  We also congratulate Tyler Ray, Webster Springs High School, for his performance at the National Poetry Out Loud competition and West Virginia Dance Scholarship winners Maegan Casimir and Gillian Wanosky.  We are proud to offer opportunities like these that allow our young West Virginians to expand their interest in culture and art.

We will showcase even more talented West Virginians at the annual Vandalia Gathering.  Mark your calendars for May 26 – 28 when music, dance, arts, crafts and youth activities will turn the State Capitol Complex into a celebration of our traditional culture and heritage.  Old timers and newcomers will gather together to make music, swing their partners and enjoy this great outdoor event.  Bring a blanket and chairs so you can pick a spot and enjoy the festivities.

Grave Creek Mound is featuring the art work of Moundsville Middle School students.  On May 20 and June 3, join our staff for the annual planting of the interpretive garden.

Looking ahead, Camp Washington Carver is gearing up for the annual Appalachian String Band Festival August 2 -6.  Clifftop, as it is known, is an international favorite for traditional and neo-traditional musicians who come from around the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia to enjoy concerts, competitions and lively jam sessions.

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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
April 20
Archives Lecture: Darla Spencer. Early Native Americans in West Virginia: The Fort Ancient Culture
  April 22
Sue Browning Wildflower Hike
August 2–6
Appalachian String Band Festival
March 30
Survey and Documentation of Hampshire County Cemeteries

April 25
West Virginia History Bowl Championship

      April 1–22
Ohio Valley Historic Figures Alan Fitzpatrick exhibit

April 28–30
West Virginia Dance Festival

      April 8
NOVA: Secret Tunnel Warfare

May 25
Archives Lecture: Mary Booker. Block Series Speaker

      April 11 – May 18
Artistic Observations of Adena History Moundsville Middle School art exhibit

May 26–28
Vandalia Gathering

      April 27
“Beneath the Poppies and Crosses: What Archaeology Reveals about WWI
Hank D. Lutton
June 15
Archives Lecture: Doug Wood. "Cultural Crossroads: Establishing the 17th Century Fur Trade in the Trans-Allegheny Region."
      May 20 & June 3
Annual Planting of the Interpretive Garden
Juune 19–20
West Virginia Ambassadors Camp
      May 25
Early Native Americans in West Virginia: The Fort Ancient Culture
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West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Feature New Exhibit to Commemorate World War I  

Annual Vandalia Gathering to be Held May 26-28 in Charleston 

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Invites Visitors to Help Plant Interpretive Garden  

Fort Henry Commemoration Speaker Series to Present “The Other Zanes” at West Virginia Independence Hall on May 25  

2017 West Virginia Dance Festival Scholarship Winners Announced 

2017 Vandalia Gathering 

Cameron High School Team One Wins West Virginia State History Bowl 

2017 Quilt and Wall Hangings Deadline Extended to May 1. 

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

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents April Family Activities  

Future of Federal Support for the Arts 

CERF+ relief assistance 

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

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville Presents Family Activities Throughout May  

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

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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