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Ted Franklin Belue to present "Daniel Boone, American Pathfinder

Sandy Linn - Saturday, January 28, 2017

January 28, 2017


Author Ted Franklin Belue will present Daniel Boone, American Pathfinder, at the Calloway County Public Library, Sunday, February 5, 2017, 2:30pm in the library meeting room.


Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Boone remains a legendary figure. Myths about him abound: He was not the first white man to enter Kentucky, he never wore a coonskin cap, and he hated being called an Indian fighter. Many of the trails he blazed are now roads. His paths westward grew into the Sante Fe, Salt Lake and Oregon Trails. He led people to Kentucky and Missouri. His far western treks predated the Mountain Men and Lewis and Clark. James Fenimore Cooper’s adaptation of Boone life in The Last of the Mohicans helped spawn America’s western literature, a unique literary form. More than that, his indomitable spirit that sought new frontiers and confronted hardship with courage, is the legacy left by Daniel Boone, America’s first frontier hero.


The presentation will include an exhibit of firearms, tools, clothing, and accoutrements related to the fur trade and Native culture.


Belue has published four books on Kentucky frontier history, including Lyman Draper’s landmark biography, Life of Daniel Boone, and many articles in trade and scholarly press. He served as consultant and commentator for The History Channel, worked in the movie The Last of the Mohicans, and was advisor for PBS, A&E, BBC, and NBC, and listed in Contemporary Authors and Who’s Who in America. Several of his book titles will be for sale and available for signing.


Ted Franklin Belue’s presentation is the first in the Murray State University Department of History second annual lecture series entitled, Murray State’s Department of History Presents.

The presentation is presented free of charge and open to community members of all ages. 

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