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Treasured Island: ‘Blennerhassetts’ documentary debuting at end of August


Blennerhassett Island is part of the fabric of the Mid-Ohio Valley, but residents around West Virginia and beyond will soon have the chance to become more familiar with its sights and stories.

“The Blennerhassetts,” an hour-long documentary by Kanawaha County-based MotionMasters, is set to debut at 9 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. Area residents can get a look at it two days earlier, with a free, open-to-the-public premiere at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Smoot Theatre in downtown Parkersburg.

“I’m a history buff; I love telling these stories about West Virginia,” said Diana Sole-Walko, CEO of MotionMasters.

About 30 years ago, MotionMasters produced a 10-minute video for the Blennerhassett Museum of Regional History that is still shown there today, said Sole-Walko, who is the executive producer and script writer for the new endeavor.

“I always thought the Blennerhassett story was an interesting one, and it had never been told in documentary form before,” she said.
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