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Sesquicentennial ornament unveiled in old gold and blue

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- First lady Joanne Tomblin unveiled the limited-edition West Virginia Sesquicentennial ornament during a reception Wednesday at the West Virginia State Museum Shop.

Each commemorative ornament with the outline of West Virginia in the state colors of old gold and blue was hand-painted by Shelley Goodman, a native of Logan who now lives in Alum Creek.

"We are especially pleased to highlight our state's birthday with this limited-edition ornament," Tomblin said. "We hope it will become a special keepsake for West Virginia families to pass down and enjoy for generations to come."

There are 150 of the clear glass Sesquicentennial ornaments, priced at $24 each.

Goodman also painted the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Governor's Mansion holiday ornaments.

Because of the strong interest in the previous holiday ornaments, Tomblin and Goodman decided to offer a special Sesquicentennial gift collection. There are 150 four-ornament gift box sets available for purchase. The gift box sets include the Sesquicentennial ornament and the three previous holiday ornaments and are priced at $96 per set.

As with the holiday ornaments, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will be donated to the West Virginia Governor's Mansion Preservation Fund. The limited-edition ornament and ornament gift box sets are available at the museum shop in the Culture Center and by calling 304-205-7911.


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