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Museum in the Park to sponsor Frontier Days Weekend Nov. 5 - 6

10/31/2005

Museum in the Park at Chief Logan State Park will sponsor a Frontier Days Weekend and celebrate the opening of a new exhibit next Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 5 - 6. The Museum also will continue its fall art workshop series for children and adults on Saturday. The weekend events will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Saturday and from noon - 5 p.m. on Sunday. All activities are free and open to the public.

Local and regional reenactors will create an encampment on the Museum’s grounds and demonstrate different techniques used by settlers to survive and be comfortable in early America. Participants can see a Chief Logan interpreter, learn about plants and their uses, Indian sign language, blacksmithing, finger weaving, powder horns, fur trading, bow-and-arrow making, moccasin making, wood carving, gunsmithing, hide tanning and early pottery techniques. The Native American portrayals, demonstrations of skills and crafts on display or for sale are meant for entertainment and informative purposes only and are not associated with a federally or State-recognized tribe.

Visitors also can see a new exhibition of award-winning quilts and sculpture from the West Virginia State Museum collection. More than 15 quilts and seven pieces of sculpture, all made by West Virginia artists and craftspeople, will be on display. In addition, a selection of locally-owned or made quilts are included in the show.

Children of all ages are invited to come try their hand at making bird feeders, just in time for the cold winds of winter, on Saturday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Kids should bring items such as cardboard milk cartons, pine cones, and grapefruit or orange halves that have been cleaned. They will be filling them with peanut butter, bird seed and decorating them. Because of the nature of the activity, children should wear their play clothes and bring a smock. Adults must accompany all children.

The adult workshop (ages 16 and over), “Introduction to Drawing,” will continue in the afternoon session from 2 - 5 p.m. Participants will be working with charcoal on paper. The adult workshops are limited to 15 participants, and are on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested are encouraged to call and reserve a spot.

Classes will be taught by Adam Hodges, programming specialist for the Museum. Hodges has taught adult courses in art at Marshall University, West Virginia University in Kalamazoo, Mich., and the Huntington Museum of Art, and served as an assistant for the Huntington Museum of Art’s Art Day Camp for Kids for three years.

For more information about Frontier Days, the new exhibition or the fall art workshop series, contact Hodges at (304) 792-7229 or by e-mail at adam.hodges@hotmail.com.

The Museum in the Park is a regional cultural center showcasing the best in West Virginia history and the arts. It features changing exhibits and displays of artwork and historical items from the collections of the West Virginia State Museum and State Archives. One area of the museum is dedicated to local and regional history. It is operated and maintained by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History and is located four miles north of Logan on West Virginia Route 10 at Chief Logan State Park.

The Museum is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 - 9 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sundays from noon - 5 p..m.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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