CHARLESTON, W.Va. - The limited edition West Virginia Sesquicentennial ornament was unveiled during a reception at the West Virginia State Museum Shop, located at the Culture Center in Charleston.
During the public reception Wednesday, first lady Joanne Tomblin along with artist Shelley Goodman, signed ornament cards for individuals who purchased the commemorative ornament.
"We are especially pleased to highlight our state's birthday with this limited edition ornament," Tomblin said. "We hope it will become a special keepsake for West Virginia families to pass down and enjoy for generations to come."
The Sesquicentennial ornament is hand-painted by Goodman, a Logan native and Alum Creek resident, who also painted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Governor's Mansion holiday ornaments.
The clear glass Sesquicentennial ornament showcases West Virginia in the traditional old gold and blue state colors and prominently displays the years of Statehood. The hand-painted, 150 Sesquicentennial ornaments sell individually for $24 each.
Due to the strong interest in the previous holiday ornaments, Tomblin and Goodman decided to offer a special Sesquicentennial gift collection. There are 150 four-ornament gift box sets available for purchase. The gift box sets include the Sesquicentennial ornament and the three previous holiday ornaments and sell for $96 per set.
As with the Governor's Mansion holiday ornaments, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of these ornaments will be donated to the West Virginia Governor's Mansion Preservation Fund to help preserve the mansion for future generations.
The limited-edition ornament and ornament gift box sets are available at the West Virginia State Museum Shop at the Culture Center at 304-205-7911.
The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will kick off the four-day birthday celebration at the State Capitol. To learn more about the Capitol celebration or to find a celebration in your community, visit www.wv150.com.