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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-SmithIt’s September and summer is wrapping up; the kids are back in school, and the cool breeze of autumn will soon be upon us, but there’s still plenty to look forward to! During September we will celebrate Constitution Day!

In 2004, Senator Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia was essential in designating September 17th of each year as Constitution Day, requiring public schools and government offices to provide educational programs to promote a better understanding of the Constitution. Our nation’s Constitution protects our individual liberties, forms the basic structure of governments, and defines our system of checks and balances; there has never been a document throughout human history that embodies what a democratic-republic should represent more than the U.S. Constitution. As Americans, we should never take for granted what our forefathers endured, fighting to eradicate themselves from tyranny to make our Constitution a reality. There’s no better place to celebrate this occasion than the birthplace of West Virginia, Independence Hall.

Join us on September 17th at Independence Hall in Wheeling to celebrate this momentous date in American history, the 231st anniversary of the ratification of our U.S. Constitution. West Virginia Independence Hall is a great place to celebrate this day, learn more about our state’s history, and see the building where West Virginia officially became a state.

We also invite you to the West Virginia State Museum at the Culture Center. The museum follows a chronological exhibit path: beginning with prehistoric times, through early settlement, and into the present. The West Virginia State Museum is a great place to bring the kids and family for a fun-filled, educational experience.

We look forward to seeing you in these last days of Summer! Get out and enjoy what “Almost Heaven” has to offer!

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