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.
October is a great month at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
We will be in the swing of things this month with two of our favorite youth programs. On Saturday, October 25, more than 34 bands will converge on Laidley Field in Charleston for the third annual West Virginia Marching Band Invitational. If you love a half-time show, we are giving you a full day of high school band performances and a special performance by the WVU Marching Band! Earlier that week, we will visit eight middle schools around the state that are receiving band instruments for their music programs through the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Based on what we have seen so far, this program is encouraging many young students to get involved in in music.
The VH1 program would not be possible without help from generous individual, corporate and nonprofit sponsors. As Make A Difference Day comes around this month, I want to take a minute to say a special thank you not only to these sponsors but to all of the people around the state who support the arts, culture and history programs and activities around the state. Your efforts make an important difference and we appreciate all that you do!
Some of our special partners - the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and WVU Tech are supporting the second annual Science, Engineering and Art Fair on October 17 this year.
This is Archaeology Month! If you are thinking about making a day trip to enjoy the wonderful fall foliage, I invite you to consider visiting the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville or the West Virginia State Museum in Charleston to see the exhibits that focus on this fascinating topic!
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