History Alive! programs come to state parks this summer

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Blennerhassett Mansion, Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park
costumed scholar portraying Mark Twain will speak at the Blennerhassett Mansion June 20.

Historical figures from Mark Twain to Sacagawea will visit on weekends this summer as part of the West Virginia Humanities Council’s program.

These living-history portrayals by scholars will provide a passage through time for student and adult audiences, according to Paulita Cousin, a naturalist at Blackwater Falls State Park who will help host a program featuring "Teddy Roosevelt" on July 18.

“At Blackwater Falls, like at most state parks, we include a featured activity on weekends," Cousin said. "The opportunity to have figures from United States history adds to the interpretative programs we plan at the park."

The program features scholars from around the state who will portray historical figures at venues including museums, schools, libraries, community centers, and fairs and festivals.

The History Alive! programs are free to attend and open to all park visitors, overnight guests, and the public.

/ Mark Twain—June 20
/ Sacagawea—June 22
/ Mark Twain—June 22
/ Benjamin Franklin—June 28
/ Teddy Roosevelt—June 28
/ Stonewall Jackson—June 29
/ Benjamin Franklin—July 5
/ Charles Schulz—July 6
/ Mark Twain—July 13
/ Sacagawea—July 13
/ Teddy Roosevelt—July 18
/ Ostenaco—July 19
/ Charles Schulz—July 20
/ Ostenaco—July 27
/ Stonewall Jackson—July 27
/ Harriet Tubman—July 27
/ Gabriel Arthur—Aug. 30
/ Ostenaco—Sept. 29

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To learn more about West Virginia Humanities Council, visit . For more about History Alive! programs and other events and activities at West Virginia’s state parks, visit .

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