Blackburn seeks 1930s Parkersburg High School choir photos, articles for documentary

Photo provided by Roger Blackburn A 1932 photograph of the Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir at the dedication of a stone monument in City Park celebrating the 200th anniversary of George Washington’s birth. Choir director Marie Boette is at the far right on the second row.

PARKERSBURG — Roger Blackburn is looking for photographs and articles about the Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir during the 1930s to finish his video documentary.

Blackburn also wants to find programs that show Marie Boette as director of the PHS choir from 1932 to 1936.

A 1963 graduate of PHS, Blackburn hopes to show his video documentary about the Parkersburg High School A Cappella Choir in September at the Smoot Theatre. He now lives in St. Peters, Mo., and is a former member of the PHS marching band and a cappella choir. He retired as a trumpeter for the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Blackburn said he has a lot of information about the PHS A Cappella Choir from its later years but needs photos and articles from the choir’s early years in the 1930s. The 1930s information would provide a balance in the video, he said.

As part of his documentary, Blackburn also wants to obtain a video of the Centennial Choir performance in August 2017 at the fieldhouse during PHS’ 100th anniversary celebration.

He will be looking for 1930s choir information while in Parkersburg this month.

The earliest photograph Blackburn has for his documentary is of the PHS A Cappella Choir at the 1932 dedication of the George Washington stone monument in City Park. The choir, directed by Marie Boette, sang at the dedication.

This will be Blackburn’s third video documentary relating to Parkersburg’s history.

In 2015, he produced a documentary about the early history of the Parkersburg High School Big Red Marching Band, from 1924-64. The following year, Blackburn created a documentary about the streetcars, or trolleys, of the Parkersburg-Marietta Interurban Railway Co.

Both videos were shown at the Smoot Theatre.

Blackburn will be showing his video, “Trolley Rides on the Parkersburg/Marietta Line,” at the Wood County Historical and Preservation Society meeting at 7 p.m. March 25 in Summers Auditorium of the Parkersburg and Wood County Public Library.

Blackburn’s trolley video can be viewed on YouTube.

Anyone with photographs or articles of the PHS A Cappella Choir during the 1930s can contact Blackburn at 856-905-1522.

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