The Ronceverte Woman’s Club and the Mutual Improvement Club of Ronceverte are co-hosting a West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program on Saturday, Apr. 11 at 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the Ronceverte Baptist Church located on Main Street and Locust Street.
Mary Dailey of Ronceverte will portray Sacagawea (c.1790-1812?) who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their expedition in 1804 to explore the western lands of the Louisiana Purchase. When Lewis and Clark hired her French-Canadian husband as an interpreter for their expedition, Sacagawea became the lone female member of the Corps of Discovery. She gave birth to a son in early 1805 and cared for the newborn along the grueling journey to the Pacific. Aside from her value as an interpreter with knowledge of the landscape her presence with the expedition also communicated to tribes along the way that the Corps had peaceful intentions.
Sacagawea is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Council’s History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history.
Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched the writing, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray and whenever possible, use their original words.
The West Virginia Humanities council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians. For more information call the West Virginia Humanities Council at 346-8500 or visit www.wvhumanities.org.
This free program is open to the public. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please call 304-647-4890.