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News Release: February 1, 2017

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Pam Salisbury, Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History 304-420-4800 Pamela.D.Salisbury@wv.gov

Blennerhassett Museum hosts annual February 2017 Winter Lecture Series

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. – The Winter Lecture Series is returning to Parkersburg’s Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History. Each Sunday in February will feature an educational program with speakers and first-person interpreters on a variety of Ohio Valley and West Virginia topics.

The four Sunday presentations begin at 2 p.m. at the Blennerhassett Museum, 137 Juliana Street (corner of Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg). Parking is free on Juliana Street beside the museum and also under the Juliana Street bridge.  Musical entertainment begins at 1:30 p.m. for early arrivals. The cost is $5 per lecture for non-members and $4 per lecture for Friends of Blennerhassett members. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 304-420-4800. Space is limited.

The 2017 Winter Lecture Series Schedule

February 5, 2017

“A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Alien”
Maestro Grant Cooper of the West Virginia Symphony will provide an inside look at how music has touched his life. He will cover a variety of topics that have been important to his life as an artist.           

February 12, 2017

Blennerhassett Island Archeology
“Search for the Blockhouse and Other Recent Investigations around the Mansion”
Dr. Jarrod Burks, director of Archeological Geophysics at Ohio Valley Archaeology, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio, will provide an update on the historic blockhouse that was located on Blennerhassett Island.  He will explain the research and recent investigations around the Blennerhassett Mansion.

February 19, 2017

“Appalachian Trail of Music” 
Champion dulcimer player, musician, author and composer Kendra Ward and award-winning guitarist Bob Bence will present an entertaining and powerful afternoon of Appalachian folk music and history.

February 26, 2017

“Frontier Living with Daniel and Rebecca Boone”
Portrayed by Joe and Cheryl Lycan

Daniel Boone was an early pioneer and a great frontiersman. Hear stories about his life on the frontier and listen to Rebecca tell her side of the story as a frontier wife. Boone is known for his scouting abilities, communication skills, and is most famous for blazing the trail and the settlement of what is now Kentucky.