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.
Summer is in full swing once July begins. This month, I hope you will think of visiting one of our historic sites as you plan day trips with family and friends who come to our state to visit. All of our sites – the Culture Center (Charleston), Museum in the Park (Logan), Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex (Moundsville) and West Virginia Independence Hall (Wheeling) are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Each offers a unique perspective on our state’s heritage, culture and arts. They are all free and open to the public.
At the end of this month, we are looking forward to celebrating the 25th year of the Appalachian String Band Festival at Camp Washington Carver (Clifftop). Since it began, this mountain music festival has been a gathering place for families from across the world that enjoy traditional and neo-traditional music. With music and dance competitions, concerts and family activities, it is a great way to spend the end of this month and welcome in August.
Make the most of our cultural sites. They are yours to enjoy our culture, learn more about our heritage and discover West Virginia’s creative side!
We look forward to seeing you!
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