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Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release: May 19, 2014

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Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 957-9365 hoy.r.murphy@wv.gov

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Matt Baker, Superintendent 304-420-4800 blennerhassettislandsp@wv.gov


"Margaret's Ghost and Other True and Tragic Stories of Blennerhassett Island" book signing by author, May 18, 2014

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. - Author Debra Conner of Parkersburg will be signing her new book, "Margaret's Ghost and Other True and Tragic Stories of Blennerhassett Island," May 18, 2014, at the Blennerhassett Museum. Conner will be signing from 1 to 3 p.m. at the museum, which is located at the corner of 2nd and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.

Conner says her objective in writing the book was not simply to tell a good ghost story. Her larger aim was to compile factual, but lesser-known, stories connected to Blennerhassett Island. Those stories bring to light some of the island's more tragic history.

One of the chapters in the 40-page, full-color book tells the story of the Blennerhassetts' daughter, who died on the island at around age two. Another recounts the story of Aaron Burr's daughter, Theodosia, who visited Blennerhassett Island in 1806 and who died later under mysterious circumstances.

Conner is familiar to island visitors for her portrayal of Margaret Blennerhassett, using her knowledge of history as part of a popular event at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park called "Brunch with Margaret" and also as Margaret with the Ohio Humanities Council's Ohio Chautauqua program tours.

Like countless historians and genealogy looking for information about Blennerhassett and Parkersburg history, Conner gives credit to island historian Dr. Ray Swick for sharing his knowledge over the years. Her husband Glenn did the book's graphic work, and Mark and Kathy Abbot assisted with many of the photographs. This is Conner's first book of this type. She has a graduate degree in creative writing and has published poetry and prose in a variety of publications, including the West Virginia encyclopedia. Most recently, one of her poems appeared in an anthology of regional poets titled Common Threads.

The book is available at the Blennerhassett gift shop, at the Campus Martius Museum in Marietta and at Amazon.com. To learn more about Blennerhassett Island, the museum, the gift shop and events, visit www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com or call 304-420-4800.

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Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Debra Conner, author of “Margaret’s Ghost and Other True and Tragic Stories of Blennerhassett Island,” often portrays Margaret Blennerhassett during events at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.
Photo Courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce.  Debra Conner, author of "Margaret's Ghost and Other True and Tragic Stories of Blennerhassett Island," often portrays Margaret Blennerhassett during events at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.