Christmas Parade and Open House

Mary & Linda at library mantleThe Hancock County Museum at 1008 Ridge Avenue in New Cumberland is hosting an Open House on December 14th at 4:30.  We would like to invite the Hancock County community and all interested others to watch the New Cumberland Christmas Parade from the sidewalk, lawn and porch of the Museum.  The parade starts at 5:00, and soon after passes in front of the Museum.  After the parade moves on, all are  invited into the beautifully Victorian-style decorated  Museum for homemade cookies and hot drinks (tea, coffee, hot chocolate and Wassail), and performances by the Victorian Carolers, Bud Simmons on the dulcimer, and a reading of “The Night Before Christmas” by local actress, singer, and Victorian Carolers’ Director Mary Fern Schmidt.

Enjoy the following photos of the Museum decorated for Christmas:

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Arts Council House Tour Open House

FireplaceNovember 16 – Open House – 10am-4pm

Please visit the Hancock County Museum located in a Victorian mansion decorated for Christmas in the Victorian style with three Christmas trees, decorated mantles and fireplaces. Although the museum is not one of the official house tour locations, it will be open at the request of the Hancock County Arts Council for your added enjoyment.



Christmas Carolers Wanted

ChristmasChristmas is just around the corner and the Hancock County Museum is looking for singers to join the Victorian Carolers for their first rehearsal on Sunday, November 3rd at 3pm at the museum.

The Hancock County Museum is located at 1008 Ridge Ave, New Cumberland, WV.

For appointments for museum tours, to reserve the museum for small holiday parties or other events, or to arrange for the Victorian Carolers to sing at your holiday event, please call 304-564-4800 or 304-224-1605.

A Child’s Place CASA Friendraiser

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. To help raise awareness, A Child’s Place CASA and the Hancock County Museum will be hosting a friendraiser at the museum on October 30th at 6:30 p.m.

Although domestic violence only involves abuse between spouses or partners, the link between domestic violence and child abuse is well documented. Consider the following:

  • Seventy percent of women in domestic violence shelters say that their abusers were also guilty of child abuse.
  • Children who grow up in homes where domestic violence occurs are fifteen percent more likely to be abused or have one of their siblings be abused.
  • Women who have been victims of domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse a child.

Please join us in learning more about A Child’s Place CASA and how you can help. For more information please call (304) 737-4444 or (304) 564-4800. To learn more about the Hancock County Museum please visit our Mission page. The Hancock County Museum is located on 1008 Ridge Ave, New Cumberland, WV.


Mary Lincoln High Tea

Mary Lincoln High Tea

October 19, 2013 at 2 and 7 p.m.

JoAnn Peterson of Kingwood, a presenter with the West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program, will be portraying Mary Lincoln on October 19 at 2 and 7 p.m. The first-person presentation is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Hancock County Museum. Abraham Lincoln is undoubtedly the most revered President in American history, but the woman he loved, the center of his life, his wife, Mary Lincoln, has remained a historical enigma. The woman, who was the first presidential wife to be called “First Lady” in the press, was one of the most tragic and misrepresented 19th Century figures.

Mary Lincoln and her story symbolize the pain and loss of Civil War America, and are inextricably tied with the story of her husband’s presidency, yet her life was an extraordinary chronicle of its own. Born into a politically active slave owning family, she was her husband’s political adviser and encourager. Without Mary, Abraham Lincoln may never have become President. Mary’s story is one of enduring love, compassion, and a family divided by war. Mary was falsely accused of being a spy in the White House and was criticized and vilified in the press. In this portrayal, you will see Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of the woman who loved him throughout the tragedies that befell her family and the nation and gain a different perspective on his much maligned wife.

The West Virginia Humanities Council created the History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting directly with noteworthy historical characters. Each History Alive! presenter has conducted scholarly research on her character.

In addition to presenting Mrs. Lincoln, JoAnn also portrays Jenny Lind, the Swedish Nightingale and Margaret “The Unsinkable Molly” Brown. JoAnn both acts and sings professionally, writes and directs murder mystery plays, is the owner of Mountaineer Country Tours, serves as Executive Director of the Preston Community Arts Center, and was recently filmed by WV PBS in a WV Sesquicentennial documentary as Julia Pierpont.

                                                                                                         Beverly Conley Photographer

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