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News Release: May 22, 2017


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Renee Fincham, Naturalist, Cacapon State Park 304-258-1022 ext  5209 renee.m.fincham@wv.gov

History Alive! Finds Sacagawea at Cacapon Resort State Park May 26, 2017

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. — Sacagawea, the young Native American woman who accompanied Lewis and Clark on their arduous journey west in 1805, has inspired countless enduring myths and legends and will be the subject of a historical program at Cacapon Resort State Park on Friday, May 26.

The program will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the park lodge, and include a first-person portrayal of Sacagawea performed by Mary Dailey of Ronceverte, West Virginia. Guests will be provided with Berkeley Springs water and cookies baked fresh at Cacapon Restaurant. The program is free and open to the public.

When Lewis and Clark hired Sacagawea’s French-Canadian husband as an interpreter for their expedition in 1804, she became the lone female member of the Corps of Discovery. Giving birth to a son in early 1805, she cared for her baby while on the grueling journey to the Pacific. Her ability to communicate with tribes they encountered and her knowledge of the landscape made her a valuable member of the expedition.

Dailey’s portrayal of this remarkable woman will include often-overshadowed details of Sacagawea’s journey. The program will be presented in costume and will include an opportunity for audience questions and comments. It is part of the History Alive! Program, which provides portrayals of historical figures by presenters who have conducted scholarly research on their characters. This History Alive! program is made possible by the West Virginia Humanities Council and West Virginia State Parks programming services.

Cacapon State Park, located near Berkeley Springs on Route 522, has a lodge, conference area, vacation cabins, golf course, swimming, fishing, hiking, stables, restaurant and a nature learning center. The park, which turns 80 years old in 2017, was one of the state’s first parks developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. Learn more about the park at www.cacaponresort.com or by calling 304-258-1022.

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Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Humanities Council Mary Daily will portray Sacagawea during a History Alive! presentation at Cacapon Resort State Park May 26, 2017.
Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Humanities Council Mary Daily will portray Sacagawea during a History Alive! presentation at Cacapon Resort State Park May 26, 2017.