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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

August is here!  Summer is flying by!

West Virginia Division of Culture and History sites hosted families and youth groups who came to learn about our state’s history and culture.  We enjoyed the good company of West Virginia’s artists, crafters, musicians and dancers at the Vandalia Gathering, West Virginia Day and the Appalachian String Band, We’ll close out the summer with the Aunt Jennie Festival over the Labor Day weekend.

While you are still enjoying the summer, we invite you will take time to visit one of our sites.  As we look forward to the fall, we hope you will consider joining us for the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational on October 24 and the First Lady’s Festival of Songs on November 14.  Both programs showcase the talent of young West Virginians.  In November, we open our Juried Exhibition at Tamarack in Beckley.  Some of the finest work of West Virginia artists will be on display in that exhibit.

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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
June 18
Lecture Series: "West Virginia Songs," with John Lilly
Archives and History Library
September 24
Lecture Series: Rediscovering the Hyre Mound
September 4
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
June 20
West Virginia Day
The Great Hall
October 22
Lecture Series: Pioneering Archaeology in the Mountain State: The Career of Edward V. McMichael
July 7
Lecture Series: Dr. Paul Rakes. “Violence in the Coal Fields”
Archives and History Library
November 19
Lecture Series: Guyasuta: Defender of the Ohio River Valley
July 16
Lecture Series: Brandon Kirk.  “Lincoln County Feud”
Archives and History Library
December 17
Film Series: “The Real George Washington”
July 29
Appalachian Sting Band Music Festival
Camp Wahington-Carver
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