The West Virginia Humanities Council will add three new historical figures to its popular History Alive! program beginning Thursday.
The roster of characters will expand to 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.
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 interesting 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. About 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 may be found at www.wvhumanities.org or by calling Humanities Council Program Officer Mark Payne at 304-346-8500.