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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

November seems to have come quickly this year to the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.  In part, that is because we have been busy at all of our locations with events, projects and programs.  As we enter the season of Thanksgiving, I want to say thank you to all of the people who have helped make our programs successful.  We appreciate the speakers who offered lifelong learning experiences for the Archives and Grave Creek lecture series, performers who joined us for Vandalia Gathering and Appalachian String Band Festival, students who shared their talents at History Bowl and Dance Festival.  We also appreciate all of the teachers who brought students to the West Virginia State Museum to learn more about our state and artists whose work we are proud to showcase in our exhibits.

We aren’t resting, though!  On Saturday, November 8, we invite you to join us from 9 a.m. 3 p.m. for the annual First Lady’s Festival of Songs.  Middle and high school choirs will be performing all day long at a free concert in the State Theater at the Culture Center.  Earlier that week, on November 6, we will host First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin as she introduces the 2014 Governor’s Mansion holiday ornament. 

We invite you to consider a visit to one of our sites during this month to discover some of the wonderful West Virginia history, culture and art that celebrates much for which we can be grateful in the Mountain State!

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The Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Center, Museum in the Park and West Virginia Independence Hall will be closed on these dates:
November 27, 28, 29, 30 – all day
December 24 from noon to 5 p.m.
December 25 – all day
December 31 from noon to 5 p.m.
January 1 – all day

The West Virginia State Museum will be closed:
December 5 from noon to 5 p.m.

The Culture Center, Archives Library and West Virginia State Museum will be closed:
December 6 – all day

Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex Museum in the Park West Virginia Independence Hall
October 2014
West Virginia Diversifying Perspectives Art Exhibition
Balcony Gallery
November 20, 2014
Native American History and Research in West Virginia
November 8, 2014
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
West Virginia State Theater
December 18, 2014
Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers
December 2, 2014
Joyful Night, 6:00pm
State Capitol Complex
December 2014
Landscapes and Portraits
Commissioner's Gallery
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