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The West Virginia State Historic Preservation Office is presenting a training session on a tax credit program and changes that become effective in January.

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Author and former speechwriter for West Virginia's late U.S. Sen. Robert Byrd plans to discuss the myths and reality of the influential Senate leader next Thursday in Charleston.

David Corbin, who worked for Byrd for 16 years and another decade for other Senate leaders, wrote "The Last Great Senator: Robert C. Byrd's Encounters with Eleven U.S. Presidents".

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Uniforms, artillery and weapons from World War I are included in a new exhibit at the West Virginia Division of Culture and History's Culture Center in Charleston.

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History has set a Sept. 1 deadline for applications for the second round of cultural facilities grants open to nonprofit arts and history groups and municipal agencies including school boards.

Grants can be used for renovation, construction and acquisition of property, including modifications to accommodate disabled individuals, for projects that will be completed between Oct. 1 and June 30, 2018.

Guidelines are posted online.

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On April 26, 1937, West Virginia’s first highway historical marker was installed in Charleston, detailing the history of our state capitol.

In that first year, 440 sites were marked by these white aluminum signs, which feature a circular state seal at the top. Initial funding was provided by one of Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal programs.

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Dozens of groups interested in history or genealogy are expected at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston next week.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History says some 60 local groups will gather for the 21st West Virginia History Day on March 9.

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West Virginia Division of Culture and History's four sites are offering free admission on Saturday.

The West Virginia State Museum unveiled its Elementary Edition of West Virginia A Digital Primer.  The online resource, two and a half years in the making, covers grades K-5 social studies West Virginia History Standards.  The site provides interactive content for students and teachers. 

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Wildflower enthusiasts and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources personnel will guide hikers through some of the trails at Chief Logan State Park during an event later this month.

The park has 14 trails, and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History says the Sue Browning Wildflower Hike next Saturday will offer different paths for hikers to choose from, depending on their experience and endurance level.

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Application deadlines are approaching for the 2016 West Virginia State Dance Festival.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History says Jan. 4 is the deadline for dance director applications. The deadline for dance directors to submit student applications is Jan. 11. Scholarship applications are due Jan. 15.

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A 423-page book chronicling the administration of former Gov. Bob Wise has been added to the state archives.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History announced the addition of the electronic edition of "State Papers and Public Addresses of Bob Wise" on Friday.

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The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts are looking for opinions on arts in local communities.

The State arts agency and commission are inviting the public to complete a survey that explores the services and support they deliver to arts communities across the state. The information collected will guide the groups in reviewing the current programs, planning upcoming activities and preparing annual reports for the governor, legislature and National Endowment for the Arts.

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Officials are investigating a site in Kanawha County to determine whether Indian remains were buried there.

The Charleston Gazette reports workers for West VirginiaAmerican Water on Monday discovered what could prove to be Indian remains in two locations while digging for a new water main in Pratt.

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Eighth graders from 18 schools in West Virginia are getting a second chance to compete in a state history tournament.

The play-in competition will be held Saturday at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School.

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A new exhibit is showcasing West Virginia's role in military history.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History says the new exhibition, "West Virginians Answering the Call," is opening Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The exhibit features military uniforms, medals and insignia and arms from the West Virginia State Museum's collection and from the West Virginia National Guard.

Officials say the artifacts date from the American Revolution to Afghanistan and also include a scale model of the USS West Virginia.

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The state Division of Culture and History is seeking participants for the 2015 West Virginia State Dance Festival.

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  State officials are adding more funding for grants for West Virginia artists and arts organizations.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts said they are adding a second funding cycle for professional development grants.

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  The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is commemorating West Virginia Day with festivities in Charleston and Wheeling.

Officials say the free, public events on Friday will take place at the Culture Center in Charleston and Independence Hall in Wheeling.

The Culture Center will host a birthday celebration that includes educational activities, a speech on historic Charleston and cutting of the state's birthday cake.

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  The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is introducing a new online tool to search U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin's gubernatorial papers.

Officials say Manchin is scheduled to attend an exhibition and demonstration Friday at the Culture Center in Charleston.

The collection includes a diverse selection of materials beginning with his inaugural speech in January 2005. The collection runs through November 2010, when he resigned his position to fill the U.S. Senate position made vacant by the death of longtime Sen. Robert C. Byrd. It includes speeches, proclamations, general correspondence, photographs and other materials.

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 Grants are available for West Virginia historic and archeological sites in counties affected by Hurricane Sandy.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History made the announcement Thursday. About $173,000 in supplement grant funding was approved by the National Park Service.

Eligible projects include the restoration, rehabilitation, or archeological development of historic sites listed in the National Register of Historic Places that were adversely affected by the hurricane. All applications must include documentation of damage related to the hurricane. July 15 is the deadline to apply.