Summer Lecture Series 9-26-21

The fourth in our 2021 Summer Lecture Series will be at the HCM on Sunday Sept. 26th at 2:00. Paul Zuros, Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben and the Steubenville and Jefferson County Convention and Visitors Bureau will present a program entitled “History of Fort Steuben – New Discoveries of Old History.” Since 1986 Historic Fort Steuben has been a center in the community for history and culture. With the addition in 2009 of the final building as part of the complex, the story of the Fort seemed to have been told. Today with a fresh perspective, Paul will discuss and reexamine the history of Historic Fort Steuben, the local context surrounding it, its abandonment, commemoration, reconstruction, and its significance in local and National History. Join us for an afternoon of reexamining the past.

Paul (PJ) Zuros was born and raised in Weirton, West Virginia. Raised by parents who were interested in history, Paul developed his love for the past early on. His interest in local history started when he volunteered with the Hancock County Museum in New Cumberland and then later with the Weirton Area Museum and Cultural Center.
He graduated from Weir High School and went on to WVU to pursue a degree in History and minor in Public Relations and Italian Studies. While at WVU, he worked for the National Park Service in Richmond, Virginia at the city’s Civil War sites. Paul graduated from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh with a master’s degree in Public History with a concentration in Decorative Arts and Museum Studies. Over the years Paul has worked with the John Heinz History Center in their library and archive, the Fort Pitt Museum, and the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh. Before returning to the Ohio Valley to take the reins as Executive Director of Historic Fort Steuben, Paul was operations manager with the West Virginia Humanities Council and served as the Executive Director of the Historic Craik Patton House, a historic house museum in Charleston WV. For nearly two years, he has been writing a bi-weekly local history column in the Weirton Daily Times and the Steubenville Herald-Star entitled, “History in the Hills.” Paul currently resides in Weirton with his wife Abigail, and four beautiful children.

Memorial Day 2021 Open House

The Hancock County Museum’s first open house since The Covid 19 pandemic closures and the HCM’s closure for renovations was a joyous celebration of Memorial Day 2021. The New Manchester Boy Scout Troop # 137 under the leadership of Robbie Littel and Dave Lawson presented a formal flag raising ceremony followed by Robert Bailey playing a musical rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. Robert followed that with selected upbeat tunes from the war days eras. Visitors were even seen dancing on the front porch to “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boys of Company C.” Featured exhibits were our newly acquired World War II Scrapbooks donated by Joyce Frain, uniforms, and detailed beautifully produced models of military equipment made and donated by Mr. David Buchanan. These exhibits will be on display on the main floor of the museum at least until the end of October, 2021. As always, refreshments were provided for our guests, who enjoyed touring, talking, and enjoying the perfect weather.

HCM Christmas Party 12-7-19, 2:00

HCM Christmas tree

All are welcome to the Hancock County Museum’s 2019 Christmas Party on Saturday, December 7th at 2:00.  Entertainment will include Tom Zielinsky playing his amazing accordion concert, Peggy Lee with musical selections on her French horn, Bud Simmons playing on the dulcimer and also accompanying the Victorian Carolers, and John Brennamen reading “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”  Refreshments will include hors d’oeuvres, cheese,  nuts, Christmas cookies, Alice’s amazing fudge, punch, tea and coffee.  Please come to help us celebrate the season!

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.

2016 Summer Exhibit

The HCM started it’s summer schedule on June 5th, and will be open each Sunday until the fall from 1:00 until 4:00, with docents available for tours that this summer feature a wedding gown exhibit and the opportunity to see and to buy raffle tickets for a twin-sized exquisite antique bubble gum pink and white quilt in excellent condition valued at between $800.00 to $1000.00.  This quilt has been generously donated by Janet Keller for the raffle.  The HCM hopes to also display the quilt at the Hancock County Hometown Fair, at the River Fest on Sept. 24th and 25th, and at the Homer Laughlin tent sale on Friday, June 17th and Sunday June 19th.  The wining ticket will be drawn at the end of the River Fest activities.  For questions or to arrange for  a tour outside regular summer hours, please call 304-564-4800 and leave a message.  Your call will be returned as soon as possible. 

Car Show and Bake Sale 2016

Postponed to June 12th due to rain.

The Hancock County Museum Car Show and Bake Sale will be held on Sunday June 5th, 2016 from 1pm – 4pm at 1008 Ridge Ave, New Cumberland, WV 26047. This event features:

  • Free registration from 11am – 1pm.
  • Free dash plates for the first 40 registrants
  • 5 classes awarded (amateur judges)
  • Door prizes
  • 50/50 drawing
  • Free admission
  • Music
  • Food available

A rain date is scheduled for Sunday June 12th, 2016 at the same location.


Thank You – Steamboat / Twain Event

The HANCOCK COUNTY MUSEUM commissioners and advisors would like to thank the following for the huge success of its October 3rd Porter Steamboat Bell Plaque Dedication and Mark Twain interpreter event: The Congo Church of the Nazarene for donating the Porter Bell to the HCM; Harriet Porter Secrest for donating the money for the Porter Steamboat Bell Plaque which explains the history of the bell; Greg Blake, who had the idea for the Steamboat Exhibit, the dedication of the plaque, and the performance by Mark Twain interpreter Doug Riley, a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program; George Hines whose loan of his steamboat pictures to the HCM made the Steamboat Exhibit possible; Bud Simmons for playing his dulcimer during the refreshment intermission between the plaque dedication and the Twain performance; the Hancock County teachers who offered their students extra credit for learning about the history of steamboat travel and commerce in the Hancock County area and the parents who brought them to the HCM for the exhibit and Twain visit; to Jennifer Meeker for publicizing the event; to all those HCM commissioners and advisers who helped with distributing flyers, cooking and baking the refreshments, and cleaning and decorating for the event; and, finally and most importantly, to all those in the community who supported this event with their attendance and made it the success that it was.

The next Hancock County Museum event will be the “Evening with Edgar” on Friday, October 30, 2015, at 7 p.m. This is the 4th annual reading of the creations of Edgar Allan Poe by Mr. Kelsey Hayward and guests, sponsored by the Hancock County Arts Council. For more information, call 304-564-4800.

Mark Twain and Dedication Ceremony

Twain photoMark Twain will visit the Hancock County Museum, 1008 Ridge Avenue, New Cumberland, WV, on Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

A dedication of the Porter Steamboat Bell Plaque, donated by Harriet Porter Secrest, will begin at 1:00.

The Museum will be open for tours of the Steamboat Exhibit, featuring paintings and pictures from the collection of George Hines and from Way’s Steamboat Directory on September 20 and 27 from 1-4, and on Oct.3 from 3-7.

These events are free and open to the public. Join us for the dedication, refreshments, Bud Simmons performing on the dulcimer, and the Twain presentation, SteamboatANATOMYNewthen talk with Mark Twain about his life, books, and experiences.

Doug Riley of Tunnelton, a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! Program, will be portraying Mark Twain.

For more information, call 304.564.4800.