Randall Reid-Smith

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History


October is here, the leaves are changing, and the cool weather is upon us. This month continues with the state-wide Governor’s Cup Series marching band competitions, which began on Sept. 10 and culminate on Oct. 29 at Laidley Field in Charleston at the West Virginia Marching Band Invitational state championships, the “Drums at the Capitol” drumline battle, and the presentation of the prestigious Governor’s Cup. Check out more information at https://wvculture.org/west-virginia-governors-cup/. Grave Creek Mound is celebrating Archaeology Month with plenty of activities for the family and a special Archaeology Day on Saturday, Oct. 1. West Virginia Independence Hall is hosting a debate on West Virginia statehood Oct. 15, featuring Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Reserve your spot for this exciting event by Oct. 6. We also will celebrate Halloween this month at the Culture Center at our annual Halloween Bash on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Bring the kids out for games, prizes, and treats. We look forward to your visit!

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The West Virginia State Museums features locations at the Culture Center, Grave Creek Archaeological Complex, Camp Washington Carver, and Independence Hall.


Whether researching your family lineage or looking for information on the history of West Virginia, the Archives and History website is the premier on-line resource.


Every year the West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History give out millions of dollars in grants. Check out grant opportunities in Arts, Historic Preservation, or Record Management.

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