Sacagawea will be portrayed by Mary Daily of Ronceverte in a West Virginia Humanities Council History Alive! program at the White Sulphur Springs Public Library on Thursday, Nov. 3, beginning at 4 p.m. in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
When Lewis and Clark hired her French-Canadian husband as an interpreter for their 1804 expedition Sacagawea came along as the lone female member of the Corps of Discovery. She gave birth to a son in early 1805 and cared for the newborn on the grueling journey to the Pacific. Aside from her value as an interpreter with knowledge of the landscape, her presence with the expedition communicated to tribes along the way that the Corps had peaceful intentions.
During this one woman performance, Daily will speak about the importance of Sacagawea’s role in the Lewis and Clark expedition as the young woman herself and as a historian who is able to look back in time. Daily will also take questions from the audience.
This presentation is a History Alive! Program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. 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. Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched the writings, speeches and biographies of the characters they portray and whenever possible, use their original words. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history. This program is also made possible through a partnership with the WSS Elementary School BLAST program.
Join us at the White Sulphur Springs Library to celebrate Native American Heritage month with one of the great women who helped with the settling of this county. The library is located 344 Main Street W. in White Sulphur Springs. Call 304-536-1171 for more information.