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.
Ring out the old year and get ready to welcome the new one!
It is December and, once again, it seems as if it came so quickly. Yet, when I look back on the programs and events that the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has shared with so many West Virginians and our guests, I know that we have enjoyed sharing our state’s heritage, history and culture with many people. Friends who visit us often and who attend our programs continue to support West Virginia Dance Festival, Vandalia Gathering, String Band and the Marching Band Invitational. More students than ever are visiting our sites on school trips and are participating in History Bowl and Poetry Out Loud.
We are pleased that our lecture series at West Virginia Independence Hall, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex and State Archives are popular with adults interested in history and heritage. We thank everyone who has come to see our exhibits – from the Juried Quilt Exhibition to the Juried Exhibition, from Mr. Bee’s Potato Chips to WWI. Special thanks to those of you who have donated treasured family pieces to the State Archives and State Museum. You help us tell our state’s story with your generosity.
This year, we are excited to host the annual Artistree at the Culture Center, allowing many more people to see the creative handiwork of artisans of all ages. I hope you will visit the Culture Center and our other sites this month. I look forward to the new year and new projects that preserve and promote our rich state heritage and history!
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