Randall Reid-Smith
Cabinet Secretary

West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture & History


June is the month when we celebrate all things West Virginia! The Mountain State’s 161st birthday is on June 20 and the Culture Center in Charleston, will be celebrating with birthday cake and cupcakes, a large birthday card for guests to sign, the serving of the winning recipe of the First Lady’s Hot Dog Sauce Contest and other special activities to commemorate the day. West Virginia Day celebrations at the Capitol Complex will also feature the West Virginia State Capitol Dome Murals Project Dedication. In Wheeling, at Independence Hall we will have the unveiling of a statue of the state’s first governor, Arthur I. Boreman as well as other West Virginia Day celebrations.  In the morning, The Culture Center will host a special Golden Horseshoe Reunion and also at Independence Hall in the late afternoon on June 20.   All recipients of the prestigious Golden Horseshoe award are invited to join us. The department will host 8th graders for the annual Ambassadors Camp held each June during the week of the 17-20. And will then host the 2nd Governor’s School for Literacy June 23-28. The annual Quilts and Wall hangings exhibit featuring West Virginia quilters will be on display in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. And finally, during this month of celebrating our state’s heritage, be sure to stop by one or all of our museums to learn more about the state’s history, culture and people. We look forward to welcoming you!

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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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