History Alive program to be held on Saturday

PARKERSBURG — Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park will present “Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790): A History Alive Program” at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The history program is free for visitors to the island, which can be reached on the Island Belle sternwheeler.

The cost for the boat ride is $10 for adults and $8 for children (ages 3-12). Tickets for the boat ride are sold at the Blennerhassett Museum which opens at 10 a.m. Boats to the island begin at 11 a.m. and run hourly from Point Park. Those wishing to see the program should take the 11 a.m. or noon boats.

Franklin will be portrayed by Leon Alexander of Charleston. He will talk about his life and meet and greet the public. As part of the WV Humanities Council “History Alive’ program, Franklin will present a first-person performance for all to learn about his spirit, wit, and wisdom.

While visiting the island, visitors will also have access to guided Blennerhassett Mansion tours and horse-drawn wagon rides. Other attractions include the Putnam-Houser House, concession stand and the island gift shop.

For more information or questions about this program, call the park office at 304-420-4800.

In another upcoming program, the park will present its “Hands on History Camp” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 22-29. The program is for ages 8-12 with activities at the museum and the island.

The cost for camp is $145 per camper. This fee includes all supplies, snacks, lunches and programs.

Each day will have a different theme relating to history, music, art, dance, nature, cooking, archaeology, and more. All campers will receive a backpack and camp shirt.

For more information about camp and to obtain registration forms, call the park office at 304-420-4800.

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Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com

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