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 Virginiaï¿½s heritage, building pride in our past accomplishments and confidence in our future.
Welcome from Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith.
May is a month full of activities as families celebrate graduations, look forward to summer and enjoy weekend getaways.
If you have family and friends in town or are just planning a weekend trip of your own, I hope you will consider visiting one of our sites around the state. Each site, with its unique focus on our stateï¿½s history, is open to the public and there are no admission charges.
The State Museum in Charleston and the Grave Creek Mound Complex in Moundsville are great places to visit with families. Each Saturday, both sites offer family friendly activities. West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling is a wonderful place to be reminded of our stateï¿½s unique beginnings.
We celebrate Memorial Day here at the State Capitol Complex with The Vandalia Gathering, our stateï¿½s signature festival celebrating traditional music, dance and crafts. The annual quilt exhibition will open that weekend in the Great Hall and liars will be on tap for tall tales at Sundayï¿½s Liarï¿½s Contest. In between, youï¿½ll find families and friends enjoying our stateï¿½s cultural heritage.
We are honored to present West Virginiaï¿½s stories and hope youï¿½ll join us as we share them!
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