Division of Culture and History

Arts & Culture
3:49 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

2014 Vandalia Award Goes to Logan Native

Credit West Virginia Division of Culture and History

The Vandalia Award, West Virginia’s highest folklife honor, was presented to singer, songwriter and performer Roger Bryant last week at the 38th Annual Vandalia Gathering.

A native of Logan, Bryant is a musician whose roots are in the old-time and folk music traditions. He is the grandson of local folk legend Aunt Jennie Wilson and spent several years traveling with her, and accompanying her on his guitar.

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10:54 am
Fri May 2, 2014

West Virginia Golden Horseshoe Winners Honored

Credit West Virginia Division of Culture and History

  Nearly 230 eighth graders have been honored as winners of the Golden Horseshoe Award for their knowledge of West Virginia history and culture.    A ceremony was held Thursday at the state Culture Center in Charleston. Students from all 55 counties participated.

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WV History Bowl
3:51 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Watch the 2014 West Virginia History Bowl

Watch the History Bowl live, starting at 9:30 am on Tuesday, April 29

Teams of 8th grade students from around West Virginia faced off Tuesday in an academic bowl competition that focused on West Virginia history, literature, arts, architecture, geography and culture.

You can watch the entire competition below. Click here for the full results.

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Real Estate
10:18 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Demolitions Could Affect Beckley Historic District

Downtown Beckley
Credit Tim Kiser / wikimedia Commons

  State historians say a proposed demolition project could threaten uptown Beckley's historic district.

Dan Bickey has proposed demolishing three buildings that he owns and developing the space for metered parking.

Only one property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a contributing resource to the Beckley Courthouse Historic District. But State Historic Preservation Officer Susan M. Pearce tells The Register-Herald that demolishing the buildings would significantly alter the district's viewshed.

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Arts & Culture
7:50 am
Thu March 13, 2014

Gala Set for W.Va. Arts Awards on Thursday

Credit Ryan Stanton / Flickr

West Virginia is celebrating some of its best artists and art supporters.
The 2014 Governor's Arts Awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday night at the Culture Center in Charleston.

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Arts & Culture
12:16 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Student Allowed to Read Poem, State Officials Cite Miscommunication on Prior Denial

Credit Crystal Good / via Facebook

State officials blame miscommunication for denying a student's plan to recite a poem about the Upper Big Branch mine explosion at a state event.
Hurricane High School student Grace Pritt selected "Black Diamonds" by Crystal Good to recite at the Governor's Arts Awards on Thursday in Charleston.

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