Trees of Our Heritage begins Sunday at Blennerhassett Museum

Photo by Wayne Towner Volunteers Carol Kirby, left, and Susan Kirby, right, decorate a Christmas tree commemorating the end of World War I at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

PARKERSBURG — The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present its annual Trees of Our Heritage Christmas Tree exhibit beginning Sunday.

An open house will kick off the exhibit from 1-3 p.m. Sunday at the museum at Second and Juliana streets in downtown Parkersburg.

This year’s exhibit, which runs through Dec. 23, features 36 different Christmas trees representing countries from around the world, special memorials, and holiday themes on all three levels at the museum. A new tree added this year is a memorial tribute tree to World War I which took place from July 28, 1914. to Nov. 11, 1918.

Entertainment planned for Sunday’s reception will be: instrumental holiday music by Shelia Diaz, the Smoot Theatre Barbershop Quartet, and the Parkersburg South High School Madrigal Ensemble. Light refreshments representing various countries will be provided by the Friends of Blennerhassett.

There will be photo opportunities with Victorian Santa. There will also be make-it and take-it craft stations set up for kids to make and take home. The museum gift shop will be open with many special gift items for the holiday gift-giving season.

Photo by Wayne Towner A tree decorated in the style of Denmark is among 36 on display for the Trees of Our Heritage Christmas Tree Exhibit at the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History.

There is no charge for Sunday’s open house, which kicks off the six-week tree exhibit. Regular museum admission applies to all other days the museum is open. 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 will be open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 1-5 p.m. through Dec. 23. Regular museum rates are $4 adult admission and $2 for children age 3-12. Please call ahead to confirm days and hours of operation at 304-420-4800.