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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


Heading into November, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History enjoyed a busy fall season. We hosted a record 40 bands at the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational, began after-school and Saturday family fun days at the West Virginia State Museum, and presented historic preservation awards at West Virginia Independence Hall.

All of our sites have been busy with visits from school groups and lectures that offer insight into the state’s heritage, history and culture.

November will be busy as well. On November 11, the State Theater will be filled with music as high school choirs and jazz bands perform at the First Lady’s Festival of Songs. On November 12, we invite you to the WVU Art Museum for the opening of the 2017 Juried Exhibition, featuring 84 West Virginia artists.

We feel a great sense of pride and are honored to be able to present the best of West Virginia with all of these programs. I hope you will join us whenever you can!

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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
August 31
The Block Lecture Series
Chlorine Grigsby-Carter
August 31
Fort Henry Commemorative Speaker Series Walking Tour
September 23 – 24
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
Pickin’ in the Park Theater
August 1 – 5, 2018
Appalachian String Band Festival
September 28
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”
Lecture Series

September 5- December 20
West Virginia Transportation Exhibit
Great Hall North Gallery and Archives Library

September 15
Constitution Day
    October 26
"Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old"
Lecture Series

September 6
Diversifying Perspectives Exhibit
Balcony Gallery

October 15
State Historic Preservation Awards
2:00 p.m.
Native American Heritage Month Program
Lecture Series

September 21
Ken Hechler - Carter Seaton Taylor
Lecture Series

"Teddy Tucker: Adventure is my Life"

September 22
Farm Bureau Poster Exhibit
Great Hall South Gallery

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October 21
West Virginia Marching Band Invitational
Laidley Field
November 11
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
State Theater
November 12–February 11
Juried Exhibition
Art Museum of West Virginia University Morgantown WV
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State Historic Preservation Office to Present Training Session on Historic Tax Credit Program in Fairmont, Nov. 27 

West Virginia Juried Exhibit 2017 Winners Announced 

State Historic Preservation Office to Present Training Session on Historic Tax Credit Program in Hinton, Nov. 21 

Arts Listening Tour Set for Grafton Gallery 62 West will host November 16 visit  

2017 State Marching Band Championship Winners Announced Five inducted into Hall of Fame  

Poetry Out Loud Registration Set for Dec. 1 


Juried Exhibition Artists Announced West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Host Exhibition Opening at Art Museum of WVU  

West Virginia State Museum Announces New Saturday Family Programs 

State Historic Preservation Office to Present “Our Legacy, Our Future” Awards Phyllis Baxter to Receive Award for Exemplary Service to Preservation  

West Virginia State Museum Offers After school Program 

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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