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Christmas season kicks off at Blennerhassett Museum

Photo by Brett Dunlap Patsy Camp, Heather Herrmann and J.R. Herrmann, from left, of Williamstown, visit the Blennerhassett Museum’s annual Trees of Our Heritage exhibit Sunday. Here, they are looking at a tree on the second floor of the museum decorated in a theme of the country Spain.
Photo by Brett Dunlap
Patsy Camp, Heather Herrmann and J.R. Herrmann, from left, of Williamstown, visit the Blennerhassett Museum’s annual Trees of Our Heritage exhibit Sunday. Here, they are looking at a tree on the second floor of the museum decorated in a theme of the country Spain.

By BRETT DUNLAP

Parkersburg News and Sentinel

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Visitors from throughout the community came Sunday to honor the cultures of the world and to kick off the Christmas season at the Blennerhassett Museum’s annual Trees of Our Heritage event and exhibit opening.

The museum, located at 137 Juliana St. in downtown Parkersburg, was adorned with decorated trees reflecting the cultures of numerous countries as well as the United States and West Virginia specifically, said Pam Salisbury, event coordinator for Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

“Trees of Our Heritage is a display of trees that are decorated and represent countries from around the world,” she said.

Among those were trees representing a number of African nations, the Caribbean Islands, England, Germany, France, Ireland, Mexico, Spain, Canada, China, Sweden and Japan.

“We have 30 trees up this year,” Salisbury said. “We added some new ones, including Australia, Romania, Italy, Ecuador and India.

“We also have some themed trees relating to America and West Virginia also.”

There were also a number of special theme trees representing the Victorian, colonial and pioneer eras as well as The Spirit of Christmas.

The exhibit, which features the decorated Christmas trees and other culture-centric exhibits, is sponsored by the museum and the Friends of Blennerhassett. It helps kick off the holiday season for many in the area, organizers said…

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