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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 July! Summer is well underway and a great way to beat the heat is to visit one of our state museums. Whether you and your family are traveling to the Mountain State or you are looking for something to do with the kids, West Virginia Independence Hall in Wheeling, Grave Creek Mound Archeological Complex in Moundsville and West Virginia State Museum and State Archives in Charleston have something for visitors of all ages. They are great places to visit and offer opportunities to take time to appreciate our state's history, heritage and culture. What's more, these places will lead you to other amazing places to visit across our great state.

Summer also signals it's time for the annual Appalachian String Band Festival at Camp Washington Carver at Clifftop, Fayette County. One of our most popular events begins the last week of the month and runs through the first weekend of August. Traditional musicians and music lovers from around the world gather at this outdoor festival. Join us and be amazed at the performers of all ages and the international flavor of one of West Virginia's best known traditional music events. If you are looking for great music in a wonderful, historic setting, this is the place to be.

We look forward to your visit. Have a great Summer!

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