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New History Alive! programs available

October 22, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

The West Virginia Humanities Council will add three new historical figures to its History Alive! program, beginning Nov. 1.

They include 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 will join 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 an "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 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 or by calling Humanities Council Program Officer Mark Payne at (304) 346-8500.

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