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Kentucky Chautauqua presents Jemima Boone: Life on the Frontier

Sandy Linn - Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Kentucky Chautauqua presents Jemima Boone: Life on the Frontier

Murray, Kentucky, August 30, 2016-Calloway County Public Library, together with Kentucky Chautauqua, will present Jemima Boone: Life on the Frontier at 2:00 pm, Sunday, September 11, 2016, in the CCPL Meeting Room.

The daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Bryan Boone, Jemima Boone (Callaway) was destined to live a life beyond the borders of civilization. The Boones followed the pattern of many settlers of the time, emigrating from place to place, traveling in large parties made up of family and friends.
Typical of pioneers in the era, Jemima endured heartbreak and suffering unimaginable to modern Americans. One of the most well-known stories to come out of Kentucky’s pioneer days involved 14-year-old Jemima being kidnapped by a group of Indians. Her father led a search party that rescued the girls after three days in captivity. Jemima survived the uncertain years of Kentucky’s early settlement only to join the westward migration to Missouri.
Betsy Smith of Cynthiana portrays Boone for Kentucky Chautauqua. Smith is a summa cum laude graduate of Georgetown College. In 2007 she joined her husband, Ed, and son, Ethan, in the Chautauqua program. She currently co-directs the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association and does freelance writing for an IT company in California. Smith also portrays Emilie Todd Helm for Kentucky Chautauqua.
Kentucky Chautauqua is an exclusive presentation of the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and from: Christina Lee Brown, the Brown-Forman Corporation, the Carson-Myre Charitable Foundation, the Cralle Foundation, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead Sate University, Paducah Bank, PNC, and Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America, Inc.
The Kentucky Humanities Council is a non-profit Kentucky corporation affiliated with the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information, visit or call (859) 257-5932.
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