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Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park program to focus on the lives of children at the mansion


The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

A new program on May 18 will focus on the history of the Blennerhassett children on Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park. The Hands-On History Kids Day Camp, shown here from 2018, will return for another year in July.
(Photo courtesy of Mark Abbott)

PARKERSBURG — With Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park opening for the 2019 season today, a pair of volunteer educators involved with the island have developed a program aimed at teaching children about its history.

Dick and Martha Hartley have been volunteering on the island and in recent years have focused on cooking and food history.

This year, they will be offering a new program called “Children in the Blennerhassett Mansion: (A Children & Parent Educational History Event).”The first program will be held May 18 at 11:30 a.m. on the Blennerhassett Mansion as part of the Kids’ Day at the Park activities.

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