(02/19/2010)
Parkersburg, W.Va. - Civil War history comes alive at Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History through a special traveling exhibit from the Teacher's Discovery program of Auburn, Michigan. Civil War artifacts from private collectors and from the Blennerhassett Museum's collection will also be featured throughout this exhibit. The exhibit, open through Feb. 28, is part the state park's winter events schedule.

A special lecture is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21. "Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley during the Civil War" will be presented by Scott A. Britton, a teacher, local historian and Civil War re-enactor from Marietta, Ohio. The public is encouraged to brave the elements for this wonderful afternoon of history.

The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 - 5 p.m. The Civil War Exhibit is only on display through Feb.28, 2010. The admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 3-12, except for the Feb. 21 event, which is open to the public at no charge. There are special rates for school groups.

For more information call the Blennerhassett Museum Regional of History and events at Blennerhassett Island in 2010, call 304-420-4800 or visit online at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com

About Scott A. Britton

As part of the Civil War exhibit, speaker, Scott Britton will present a lecture titled "Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley During the Civil War." Mr. Britton has studied local Civil War history for nearly 20 years, mainly researching the stories and incidents of locally raised units and the soldiers, sailors and marines (both Union & Confederate) who served in it.

Britton is the Past Commander of the General Benjamin D. Fearing Camp of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War in Marietta and has served as the Buffington Island Battlefield Representative for the Ohio Department Sons of the Union Veterans.

He has given numerous presentations and speeches on the Civil War in Wood and Washington Counties for over 10 years and has taught Independent Learning & Retirement classes on the Civil War at Marietta College. Scott is also the current Vice President of the Marietta Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the Past President of the Washington County Historical Society, and involved in many other re-enactment activities.


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