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Annual Trees of Our Heritage exhibit opening

From staff reports

The Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History will present its 18th annual Trees of Our Heritage Christmas Tree exhibit beginning Sunday.

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

This year’s exhibit, which runs through Dec.22, features 36 different Christmas trees representing countries from around the world, special memorials and holiday themes on all three levels at the museum. Among this year’s trees will be at West Virginia tree, a Winter Wonderland tree and a Peppermint Tree.

Entertainment is planned, along with light refreshments representing various countries 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 children to make and take home. The museum gift shop will be open with many special gift items for the holiday gift-giving season.

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 to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22. 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.