Kentucky Chautauqua will present “Daniel Boone: The First Kentuckian” at 3 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the Evarts Public Library.
By the time of his death, Daniel Boone (1734-1820) had become a legend, and so he remains. But much of what Americans think they know about this great frontiersman is off the mark. Neither a backwoods bumpkin nor an epic slayer of Indians (and he never wore a coonskin cap), Boone was an intrepid explorer and natural leader whose actual exploits easily justify his larger-than-life reputation.
Boone played a crucial role in the exploration of settlement of Kentucky and the American west. He first began to seriously explore Kentucky in 1769, and in 1775 led the expedition that founded Boonesboro in present-day Madison County.
Some of his most famous exploits soon followed: The rescue of his daughter from Indian kidnappers; his own escape from captivity to warn Fort Boonesborough of an impending attack leading the defense of the fort against a nine-day Shawnee siege. In the 1780s, Boone ran a tavern in Limestone (now Maysville) and later served as a delegate in the Virginia Assembly. He left Kentucky in 1799 for Missouri, he died in 1820.
Daniel Boone is portrayed by actor Kevin Hardesty, of Lexington. Hardesty received his BFA in acting/theatre from the University of Kentucky in 1986, and has since performed professionally in theatre, film and television, including prominent leading roles in Biloxi Blues, Hamlet, Macbeth and Romeo and Juliet.
Bo List, of Lexington, is the script writer. List has been working in the area as an actor, writer and director for more than 20 years.
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, Eastern Kentucky University, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Lindsey Wilson College, Morehead State 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. It is not a state agency, but is a proud partner of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet.
For more information, visit kyhumanties.org or call 589-257-5932.