A Step Back in Time
Faire to feature
will portray legendary
Daniel Boone at La Grange event
LA GRANGE, Ky. (June 2012) For a long time, Scott
New has wanted everyone to see Daniel Boone as a real person. While
many credit the legendary frontiersman with the exploration and settlement
of Kentucky, there is no doubt that he was one of many who opened the
doors for future generations to call Kentucky home. And there are many
who would agree with Kentucky Humanities Council Chautauqua performer
Scott New who said he has always been an admirer of Boone.
New portrays Boone through several Kentucky Chautauqua
programs. He keeps up with the latest research on Boone and his times
to present his Daniel Boone: Pathfinder programs. He said his goal is
to have his audience see Boone as a real person, as opposed to
merely an icon or mythic/folklore figure.
In addition, New said that hopefully, they will have a much better
understanding of the birth of Kentucky in general. He considers
a question and answer time after each program to be just as important
as the presentation.
Constantly researching and refining his presentations New said, I
try to change the programs a bit to keep them fresh. Through meticulous
research, New is able to dispel many of the myths surrounding Boones
life that audiences have become familiar with. Taking his role of separating
fact from fiction very seriously, New said it is his job to correct
misconceptions, myths and misinformation.
New will bring a unique glimpse of Daniel Boone to Oldham County on
June 2, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. at the Oldham County History Center, 106 N.
Second Ave. The public is welcome to attend this free performance, sponsored
by the Painted Stone Settlers Inc. of Shelbyville, Ky.
The Painted Stone Settlers Inc. is a non-profit organization of living
history re-enactors dedicated to researching and preserving 18th century
history. The group plays host to the Long Run Massacre each year in
Shelbyville and has participated in past events at the Oldham County
History Center. They will also provide cannon demonstrations for this
years Colonial Trade Faire at various times throughout the weekend.
Coming Into Kentucky tells the story of the crucial role
Boone played in the establishment of the state of Kentucky and the American
west. From his first serious trek into Kentucky in 1769 as a hunter
to his founding of Fort Boonesborough in 1775, Boone and his family
played a pivotal role in the early days of Kentuckys settlement.
The Colonial Trade Faire is representative of the time period in which
New has been previously employed at Colonial Williamsburg, Americans
largest outdoor history museum dedicated to the 18th century. He is
currently employed full-time with the Kentucky Historic Sites and Parks
system, and uses Fort Boonesborough in Madison County, Ky., as his home-base.
The Colonial Trade Faire is being held in conjunction with the Arts
on the Green juried art festival in downtown La Grange.
For more information, call the Oldham County
History Center at (502) 222-0826.
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