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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

Ring out the old year and get ready to welcome the new one!

It is December and, once again, it seems as if it came so quickly.  Yet, when I look back on the programs and events that the West Virginia Division of Culture and History has shared with so many West Virginians and our guests, I know that we have enjoyed sharing our state’s heritage, history and culture with many people.  Friends who visit us often and who attend our programs continue to support West Virginia Dance Festival, Vandalia Gathering, String Band and the Marching Band Invitational.  More students than ever are visiting our sites on school trips and are participating in History Bowl and Poetry Out Loud.

We are pleased that our lecture series at West Virginia Independence Hall, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex and State Archives are popular with adults interested in history and heritage.  We thank everyone who has come to see our exhibits – from the Juried Quilt Exhibition to the Juried Exhibition, from Mr. Bee’s Potato Chips to WWI.  Special thanks to those of you who have donated treasured family pieces to the State Archives and State Museum.  You help us tell our state’s story with your generosity.

This year, we are excited to host the annual Artistree at the Culture Center, allowing many more people to see the creative handiwork of artisans of all ages. I hope you will visit the Culture Center and our other sites this month. I look forward to the new year and new projects that preserve and promote our rich state heritage and history!

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Happy Holidays

Current and Upcoming Events At the Culture Center

The Culture Center
West Virginia
Independence Hall
Museum in the Park Camp Washington-Carver Grave Creek Mound
Archaeology Complex
August 31
The Block Lecture Series
Chlorine Grigsby-Carter
August 31
Fort Henry Commemorative Speaker Series Walking Tour
September 23 – 24
Aunt Jennie Music Festival
Pickin’ in the Park Theater
August 1 – 5, 2018
Appalachian String Band Festival
September 28
“Hopewell Geometry, Astronomy, and the Marietta Earthworks”
Lecture Series

September 5- December 20
West Virginia Transportation Exhibit
Great Hall North Gallery and Archives Library

September 15
Constitution Day
    October 26
"Ancient Earthworks in the Middle Ohio Valley: Discovering New Sites and Re-examining the Old"
Lecture Series

September 6
Diversifying Perspectives Exhibit
Balcony Gallery

October 15
State Historic Preservation Awards
2:00 p.m.
Native American Heritage Month Program
Lecture Series

September 21
Ken Hechler - Carter Seaton Taylor
Lecture Series

"Teddy Tucker: Adventure is my Life"

September 22
Farm Bureau Poster Exhibit
Great Hall South Gallery

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October 21
West Virginia Marching Band Invitational
Laidley Field
November 11
First Lady’s Festival of Songs
State Theater
November 12–February 11
Juried Exhibition
Art Museum of West Virginia University Morgantown WV
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West Virginia State Museum to Host Family Holiday Activities in the Museum Education Classroom 

The 2018 West Virginia State Dance Festival Sign-up Deadline is Jan. 5, 2018 

State Historic Preservation Office to Present Training Session on Historic Tax Credit Program in Wheeling, Jan. 4 

West Virginia Independence Hall Welcomes Christ United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir to Help Ring in the Holidays on Dec. 16 

West Virginia Juried Exhibit 2017 Winners Announced 


Juried Exhibition Artists Announced West Virginia Division of Culture and History to Host Exhibition Opening at Art Museum of WVU  

West Virginia State Museum Announces New Saturday Family Programs 

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CERF+ relief assistance 

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Three West Virginia Marching Band Directors to be Inducted into West Virginia Marching Band Directors Hall of Fame  

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History Announces New Operating Hours for the Culture Center, Grave Creek Mound, Independence Hall, Museum in the Park and the State Museum  

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