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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


We started May in a big way here at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History!  The Culture Center played host to the annual West Virginia History Bowl tournament.  24 great teams from around the state played exciting matches as they competed for the tournament trophy.  Cameron High School took home the prize.   

Grave Creek Mound Archeological Center has plenty of family-friendly activities on tap this month, including the annual planting of its interpretive garden. 

The Archives Library at the Culture Center continues to host its evening lecture series.

The month will close with as much excitement as it began.  May 22 through May 24 are the dates for this year’s Vandalia Gathering.  Join us for the music, dancing, food and lies!  We’ve added some new activities for young people this year. You’ll find that you’ve started the summer with a great taste of West Virginia’s heritage and hospitality!

It’s a great month to enjoy West Virginia!

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Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
May 22- 24
Vandalia Gathering
Capital Grounds
May 28
Lecture Series: The Early and Early Middle Archaic Period Occupations at the Confluence of the Little Kanawha and Ohio Rivers, Parkersburg, West Virginia
May 22-September 5, 2015
West Virginia Juried Quilt Exhibition
Balcony Gallery
September 24
Lecture Series: Rediscovering the Hyre Mound
May 14
Lecture Series: "J. Q. Dickinson Saltworks," with Carter and Nancy Bruns
Archives and History Library
October 22
Lecture Series: Pioneering Archaeology in the Mountain State: The Career of Edward V. McMichael
May 21
Lecture Series: "African American Life in Charleston," with Lewis R. Smoot Sr.
Archives and History Library
November 19
Lecture Series: Guyasuta: Defender of the Ohio River Valley
June 2
Lecture Series: "History of the West Virginia Supreme Court," with Rory Perry
Archives and History Library
December 17
Film Series: “The Real George Washington”
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