Parkersburg, W.Va. - "A Journey Through Time" theme binds five Sunday afternoon history programs in February and March, creating the 2012 Winter Lecture Series at Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park.

The programs feature two first-person interpreters and speakers on a variety of Ohio Valley and West Virginia topics. For five Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m., the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History In Parkersburg invites the public to attend the programs free of charge.

"Black Odyssey: the Mid-Ohio Valley's African American Experience will be on display as part of the lecture series," according to Pam Salisbury, events coordinator at the park.

The Smoot Theater Children's Choir will perform on February 5 and the Smoot Theater Boys' Choir will perform on February 26. Both choral shows will be at the museum prior to each history program. Dulcimer player Scott Cain will provide special music each Sunday.

The lecture series is made possible by Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park and Museum, the Blennerhassett Historical Foundation Inc., and the Friends of Blennerhassett.

"We are able to offer this Winter Lecture Series free of charge due to the resources available from the WV Humanities Council's History Alive program and its Sesquicentennial Speakers Bureau, and the Rivers Institute-Hanover College Speakers Bureau," Salisbury said.

Light refreshments will be served. Attendees should confirm attendance and reserve seats in advance by calling 304-420-4800. Donations are accepted by the Friends of Blennerhassett to support programming costs.

There is no charge to attend the lecture series programs. For more information, visit online at www.blennerhassettislandstatepark.com

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