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The mission of the Department of Arts, Culture and History's State Historic Preservation Office is to encourage, inform, support, and participate in the efforts of the people of West Virginia to identify, recognize, preserve and protect West Virginia's prehistoric and historic structures, objects and sites.

The value of historic and prehistoric properties is intrinsic and therefore worthy of protection. Their preservation can stabilize neighborhoods, stimulate private investment, provide affordable housing, revitalize downtown activities, attract tourists and enhance community pride. Our office works toward achievement of these goals.

The Office administers both the state and federal historic preservation programs. Our office aids federal and state agencies, local governments and the general public in identifying and preserving the physical historic and prehistoric resources of West Virginia.

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Archives and History Commission member list.

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2021 Conference Scholarship Application

2022 Draft Annual Work Program

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As of April 1, 2013, all State Historic Preservation grant applications will be reviewed and scored by an independent review panel.  SHPO staff will conduct a preliminary review of applications for completeness and National Register eligibility of the resource before sending to review panel.

The three to four member panel will meet to review grant applications and make recommendations that will be presented to the Archives and History Commission for award.

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