Trees of Our Heritage opens on Sunday

Admission free for reception

PARKERSBURG — Christmas trees reflecting the holiday traditions of different countries and themes will be on display through December at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History in Parkersburg.

The annual “Trees of Our Heritage” Christmas tree exhibit will begin with an opening reception from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets. Admission is free for the opening reception.

About 40 decorated trees will be featured in the exhibit, which is sponsored by the Friends of Blennerhassett and the museum. The trees will be on display through Dec 22 throughout the museum.

The Christmas trees are decorated by various groups with ornaments representing some of the many countries of origin of the people who have settled in America. Some of the places represented will include Africa, Australia, the Caribbean Islands, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Russia, Scotland, Spain, Sweden, Canada, China, Japan and others.

There are also some special theme trees representing the Victorian era, the colonial and pioneer eras, the spirit of Christmas, and others.

Live entertainment will be provided during the reception, including the instrumental holiday music by Pamela Salisbury, the Vienna Elementary Choir, the Smoot Barbershop Singers and the Parkersburg High School Chamber Ensemble.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Blennerhassett. There will also be crafts for the children and a visit with Father Christmas in Victorian garb.

The trees will remain on exhibit in the museum through Dec. 22. The museum also features a video about the Blennerhassetts and the history of the island. Exhibits relating to Parkersburg and the Ohio Valley are on display from early ancient to 20th century relics.

The museum is open year-round.

For more information call the museum at 304-420-4800 or online at blennerhassettislandstatepark.com.

Regular museum admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children ages 3-12.

The museum and its gift shop are open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

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