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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


It’s September!  Summer is over; school is in session.  Vacations wind down and our programming winds up.

We would not have it any other way at the Division of Culture and History.  School groups schedule tours of our museums and we start looking forward to the programs that focus on and celebrate youth activities.  We are gearing up for the annual West Virginia Science, Engineering and Art Fair at WVU Tech as well as for the Marching Band Invitational in October and the First Lady’s Festival of Songs in November.  Students are studying, practicing and performing.  Some of the very organized are hitting the books for the West Virginia History Bowl,  memorizing poetry for Poetry Out Loud and preparing for the Dance Festival.

We look forward to the programs that showcase the talents of young West Virginians.  We hope that their participation in these activities will instill in them a lifelong interest in the arts and history.  The more we encourage them, the stronger our cultural and heritage futures will be!

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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
July 14, 2014
The Works of Elaine Blue
Balcony Gallery
July 31, 2014
Interpretive Garden Program
November 24, 2014
Artifacts at Play
Theater Gallery
August 28, 2014
Cahokia Mounds: Ancient Metropolis
November 26, 2014
Holiday Decorations
Great Hall
September 25, 2014
Is Big Really Better?
December 2014
Landscapes and Portraits
Commissioner's Gallery
October 30, 2014
The Career of Edward V. McMichael
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Historic Preservation Survey and Planning Grants Available 

West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces September Events at the Culture Center and Grave Creek Mound  

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West Virginia Commission on the Arts, Division of Culture and History Award $1.26 Million in Grants  

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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  

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2012 West Virginia Marching Band Invitational Forms 

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