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Exhibit on infamous Hatfields-McCoys feud opening in Parkersburg

PARKERSBURG — A traveling exhibit about the Hatfields and McCoys feud will open on Tuesday at the regional history museum at Blennerhassett Island State Park.

The West Virginia Humanities Council traveling exhibit, the Hatfields & McCoys: American Blood Feud, will remain open until Oct. 4. General museum admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children aged 3-12. No additional charge is required to see the exhibit.

Using text, photographs, maps, illustrations and quotes, the exhibit of four free-standing three-sided kiosks examines the history of the Tug Valley region, origins and events of the feud and its historical and cultural significance, including related scholarly books, plays television shows and products.

For more information about the exhibit at Blennerhassett call 304-420-4800.

The exhibit opened January 2015 at the West Virginia University Creative Arts Center and has since been taken to Williamson, Bramwell, Athens, Matewan, Logan and Huntington and to Pikeville and Ashland, in Kentucky, an exception made due to the history of the Hatfield-McCoy feud itself, which took place in both West Virginia and Kentucky.

The following year, the exhibit moved northward to New Martinsville, Ripley, Parkersburg, Bridgeport, Morgantown, and Petersburg. In 2016, Hatfields & McCoys was taken off the tour circuit and has since been available to venues by request. Previous traveling exhibits developed by the Humanities Council about West Virginia statehood and John Henry displayed at 65 locations in the Mountain State.

The West Virginia Humanities Council’s Hatfields & McCoys traveling exhibit is funded in part by ZMM Architects & Engineers of Charleston. Groups interested in bringing the exhibit to their communities should contact Humanities Council program officer Kyle Warmack at 304-346-8500 or warmack@wvhumanities.org. It is available at no charge.

The West Virginia Humanities Council, an independent nonpartisan nonprofit, is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council is supported by the NEH, the State of West Virginia, and contributions from the private sector. The purposes of the West Virginia Humanities Council are educational, and its mission is to support a vigorous program in the humanities statewide in West Virginia.

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