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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

The diversity of our agency really becomes apparent in a month like October.  

Our Archives and History Section is partnering with the Virginia Genealogical Society to hold a two-day research conference October 2 and 3 at the Culture Center.  Also on Oct. 3, fossils take center stage at Grave Creek Mound as the staff and guests celebrate Archeology Month. 

Students take center stage on Oct. 16 for the third annual West Virginia Science, Engineering and Arts Fair that we are pleased to host with WVU Tech and the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.  On Oct. 24, our West Virginia Marching Band Festival will feature more than 35 state bands at the University of Charleston’s Laidley Field.

And our State Museum staff is promising a spooktacular Halloween bash at the Culture Center on Oct. 26!

Join us, won’t you, for the events of your choice! 

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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
June 18
Lecture Series: "West Virginia Songs," with John Lilly
Archives and History Library
September 24
Lecture Series: Rediscovering the Hyre Mound
September 4
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
June 20
West Virginia Day
The Great Hall
October 22
Lecture Series: Pioneering Archaeology in the Mountain State: The Career of Edward V. McMichael
July 7
Lecture Series: Dr. Paul Rakes. “Violence in the Coal Fields”
Archives and History Library
November 19
Lecture Series: Guyasuta: Defender of the Ohio River Valley
July 16
Lecture Series: Brandon Kirk.  “Lincoln County Feud”
Archives and History Library
December 17
Film Series: “The Real George Washington”
July 29
Appalachian Sting Band Music Festival
Camp Wahington-Carver
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