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BCARSE to celebrate states 150th birthday

FROM STAFF REPORTS

June 25, 2013

The Boone County Association of Retired School Employees (BCARSE) will meet Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the Park Avenue Restaurant in Danville to celebrate the 150th birthday of West Virginia.


Dan Light will present the program, and his wife Jenny Light, who is the current president, will also be in costume and will be a part of the presentation. This is indeed an honor for out locale to enjoy this very gifted and famous portrayal of our own ancestors and understand their life style.


In the publication, “Draper Chronicles,” which includes historic accounts from the early settlement of western Virginia, is the story of a Daniel Light, who was “wounded nine times” in a skirmish with the Shawnees in the 1790s. Daniel survived and lived out his life as a farmer in what is now West Virginia.


In today’s world, a descendant of the original pioneer, also named Daniel Light, in keeping with the West Virginia Sesquicentennial, will present a characterization of his ancestor, with full 1700s costume and equipment, at the July meeting of the BCARSE.


Daniel is a native West Virginian, who resides in Racine. He has spent his professional life as a pastor and college professor and for the past 25 years, as a sideline interest, he has participated in many living history events.


His travels have taken him to historic re-enactments in Indiana, Florida, Illinois and Colorado, as well as his home state, where thousands of men and women have gathered to study and portray the way and life of the pioneers.