The Mercer County Public Library is presenting a Chautauqua character, Jemima Boone played by Betsy Smith on Sunday, April 14 at 2:30 p.m. called “An Afternoon with Jemima Boone.”
“We are excited to share this experience with history buffs, writers, lifelong learners, and those just curious about the past. This is a great opportunity to hear what life was like during the days of Daniel Boone,” said Tracy Munday, adult programmer for the library. “We believe this will be a great experience for people of all ages. The program is free and open to the public. We hope to see everyone at the library this week.”
Jemima Boone was the fourth child of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone. She was born in North Carolina, on Oct. 4, 1762, and helped pioneer two American frontiers: Kentucky and Missouri. Boone is the star of one of the most best-known stories to come out of Kentucky’s pioneer past, when in July 1776, she was kidnapped by a group of Native Americans. Boone was 14-years-old at the time and her father, Daniel Boone, led a search party that rescued the girls after three days in captivity.
The Chautauqua Character stories are part of the Kentucky Humanities, a nonprofit affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is supported by the National Endowment and by private contributions.
For more information visit the library website at www.mcplib.info/ or the Kentucky Humanities website at www.kyhumanities.org.