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By Staff | Apr 1, 2009

Joellen Witschey enjoys playing with the marble tree at the Marble King exhibit in Charleston.

We had the opportunity last week to take in West Virginia’s Gift to the World: Marble KingThe World’s Finest Marbles, the current exhibit at the Cultural Center in the State Capitol Complex.

When were almost finished with our visit a large group of school children came to take a tour.

I remember going to the center as a child with my parents. We went to the museum on the basement level (which by the way is currently being renovated to be reopened on West Virginia Day). While there I saw a display of Fiestaware dishes. I thought they were the most beautiful place settings I had ever seen. I couldn’t believe it when my parents told me they were made in West Virginia!

I wondered, as I watched the students walk through the Marble King displays and see the beautiful logo sign made of 47,232 marbles, if they marveled that such popular and beautiful orbs were made here in the Mountain State. Sometimes we just need to see things through the eyes of children to really appreciate them.