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.
As we come to the end of this busy year, I would like to thank many people who have helped make 2013 a memorable year for the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
Many historians, artists, musicians, students and visitors contributed to our Sesquicentennial programs, including the Sesquicentennial Invitational Art Exhibition, WV150 and Sesquicentennial quilt exhibit, Sesquicentennial Moments and student contests.
People generously contributed to both the State Archives and State Museum, presenting us with wonderful collections that add to our state’s historic collections and offer fascinating insights into our heritage.
The State Museum hosted records numbers of school, youth and adult tour groups. Your positive responses to the museum helped us to earn a TripAdvisor certificate of excellence as a top performing museum.
Our efforts to encourage arts education in schools expanded with more VH1 Save The Music Foundation music instrument presentations. And our efforts in this regard brought us national recognition when Senators Rockefeller and Manchin and I accepted the SupportMusic Award from the National Association of Music Manufacturers.
As always, we appreciate those of you who join our efforts to preserve our state’s treasures through historic preservation efforts and to promote our state’s culture through your participation in our festivals, art exhibitions and education programs.
Ours is a statewide agency and we are grateful for everyone in the state who supports arts, culture and heritage.
Thank you for joining us this year!
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