CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A juried art exhibition, a program about the lives of indigenous Americans and children’s holiday crafts are among the West Virginia Division of Culture and History’s lineup of special events in November.

The following programs are free and open to the public:

Dunn Building, Martinsburg

West Virginia Juried Art Exhibition: The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will unveil the 18th West Virginia Juried Exhibition at the Dunn Building, 400 West Stephen St., in Martinsburg at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, at a free, public reception. The exhibit features 53 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, photographs, mixed media art and crafts by 46 artists. The exhibition will remain on display through Feb. 21.

Culture Center

First Lady’s Festival of Songs: Join First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin and the Division of Culture and History as high school choirs from across the state perform holiday music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, in the Culture Center Theater at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Each of the choirs will have 15-minute performances that will be taped as part of a special partnership with West Virginia Media and then aired Christmas morning on West Virginia Media television stations throughout the state.

The Ruffner Family and the Kanawha Salt Industry: At 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, attorney Larry Rowe will present “The Ruffner Family and the Kanawha Salt Industry” in the Archives and History Library as part of the annual meeting of the Mining Your History Foundation.

Kanawha Valley Campaign: At 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, author/historian Terry Lowry will give a presentation on the 1862 Battle of Charleston and the Kanawha Valley Campaign in the Archives and History Library.

History of Charleston Lecture: On Thursday, Nov. 14, West Virginia State University History Department Chair Billy Joe Peyton will present “History of Charleston: The Modern Era” in the Archives and History Library. The program begins at 6 p.m.

Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex

Wha’qaa, Aloha, Shiyo: Native Community as College Classroom: On Thursday, Nov. 21, Bonnie Brown, coordinator of West Virginia University’s  Native American Studies program, will discuss the rich experiences her students received in travel immersion courses to Hawaii, Alaska, and Cherokee, N.C. In those classes, students saw indigenous communities render seal oil, process walrus meat, tend taro fields and make poi. They also learned from tribal elders about Cherokee plant medicine, stories, pottery, and dance. The program begins at 7 p.m. at the Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex in Moundsville.

Museum in the Park

Children’s Crafts for the Holiday Season: From Nov. 23 to Dec. 28, the Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park in Logan will host special holiday-themed arts and crafts projects for children. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on all Saturdays, except Nov. 30, children are invited to make ornaments, decorate toys and design their own holiday cards.  A parent or guardian must stay with any child under the age of 14.


For more information about any of these events, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner, at (304) 558-0220 or at

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The Division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the Division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.