Governor Joe Manchin III will pound in the ceremonial first nail of the new West Virginia State Museum, signaling the official beginning of the construction phase of the project, on Tuesday, May 27, at 4 p.m. on the lower level of the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex, Charleston. First Lady Gayle Manchin and Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History will join the governor at the event.
Other officials scheduled to attend include Jacqueline A. Proctor, deputy commissioner of the Division, and Adam Hodges, director of museums for the Division. Reid-Smith said, “This occasion marks the realization of many years of tremendous support from the governor and the legislature to reestablish a world-class state museum. The citizens of the Mountain State will soon have a multi-disciplined educational facility of which they can be incredibly proud.”
For more information about the renovation project contact Jacqueline Proctor, deputy commissioner, at (304) 558-0220.
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices are located at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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