100 W. Broadway, Frankfort, KY 40601
DANIEL BOONE – LIFE AND LEGEND
Session 1: “Daniel Boone Before Kentucky” shares through engaging storytelling the exciting and formative 35 years of Daniel Boone’s life before he came to Kentucky. He lived 21 of those years in North Carolina, where he married and where most of his children were born.
Session 2: “Other Lives of Daniel Boone” reveals some surprising stories of three women in Daniel Boone’s life across three generations. Through sharing a host of images, we look at the ways America has embraced, celebrated, and commemorated America’s pioneer hero Daniel Boone through the years.
About the speaker:
Randell Jones is an award-winning author and storyteller from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. His several history books include In the Footsteps of Daniel Boone, Trailing Daniel Boone, and Before They Were Heroes at King’s Mountain. In 2014, he received the national History Award Medal from the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution in recognition of his body of work during the prior ten years. He also has received two Kentucky History Awards from the Kentucky Historical Society. He consulted for 12 years with the then-Superintendent of the Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail, a unit of the National Park Service. Since 2007, he has served as an invited member of the Road Scholars Speakers Bureau of the North Carolina Humanities Council. He has spoken often in Kentucky and from Pennsylvania to Florida.
Jones is a writer and historian by avocation. He has two engineering degrees from Georgia Tech and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His interest in history began after he located his North Carolina Jones ancestors on the west side of the Appalachian Mountains after the American Revolution and before Tennessee became a state. Since then, he has discovered his immigrant Jones ancestor arriving in Virginia in 1663 from Cardiganshire, Wales. His wife had a lovely name until she married him and became “Mary Jones,” never again to be identified with a modicum of confidence within official records. They have two adult daughters (who wisely became the more distinguishable Quigley and Challener) and two grandchildren.