Nellie Bly, Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:00 p.m.

JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, WV comes to the Hancock County Museum from the WV Humanities Council’s History Alive! Program to present Nellie Bly, pen name of Elizabeth Jane Cochrane.  Nellie Bly was a well-known investigative reporter in the late 1800’s who got a job as a reporter with the New York World by succeeding to have herself committed for 10 days to the infamous lunatic asylum known as Blackwell’s Island in NY, with no guarantee of her release.  Her newspaper series on the conditions and treatment of the institutionalized women led to public outrage and improvements in the care of the mentally ill.  She brought public attention to the plight of women, children, workers and the poor.  In November of 1889, she started a highly publicized race around the world to better the fictional Phineas Fogg’s, of the Jules Verne book Around the World in Eighty Days, record.  Alone, she sensationally made it in a little more than 72 days.  Please call the Hancock County Museum, 304.564.4800 for more information.

Join Hancock County Museum for an Old-Fashioned Lawn Party!

Bring Family & Friends for an Old-Fashioned Lawn Party on Saturday, July 28, 2018, from Noon to 5:00 pm at the Hancock County Museum, 1008 Ridge Avenue,  New Cumberland, WV 26062. Both young and young of heart are invited to enjoy games from the 19th century to modern times.

  • Create a cork-and-feather projectile for a game toss.
  • Make butter just by shaking a small jar of “magic ingredients.”
  • Play some games to win prizes.
  • Food, drinks and baked goods will be for sale.
  • Take a docent-led or self-guided museum tour anytime ALL DAY!

Don’t miss Amazing Nick’s magic show at 2 pm in the parlor of the historic Marshall House. And if possible, bring your lawn chair or blanket to lounge on the lawn. Come join us for a Saturday afternoon full of games, food, magic, history and old-fashioned fun!

Questions or want to volunteer?  Call (304) 564-4800.