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New faces added to historical program

Nov. 23, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

The West Virginia Humanities Council has added three historical figures to its History Alive! program

Mary Lincoln portrayed by JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, Eleanor Roosevelt portrayed by Patty Cooper of Parkersburg, and Mark Twain portrayed by Doug Riley of Tunnelton are now part of the roster of characters.

The History Alive! program brings historical figures to life through first-person portrayals by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their character. The programs provide a passport to the past by allowing audiences to explore history through interaction with important people from history. They are available to nonprofit organizations throughout West Virginia including schools, libraries, museums, historical societies, historic sites, and a variety of civic groups. The Humanities Council pays for the presentations directly and asks host organizations only to cover travel expenses for the presenter if possible. Approximately 200 History Alive! presentations are given each year around the state.

In addition to the new characters of Lincoln, Roosevelt, and Twain, the History Alive! program offers Osborne Perry Anderson, Clara Barton, Belle Boyd, Cornstalk, Martin Delany, Stonewall Jackson, Robert E. Lee, Ostenaco, Babe Ruth, David Hunter Strother, and Harriet Tubman.

Information on all the History Alive! characters and how to schedule a presentation can be found at www.wvhumanities.org or by calling Humanities Council Program Officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500.

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