The Waw-wil-a-way Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution met for the first time in 2017 on March 4.
The opening ritual was led by Regent Hannah Rach, followed by a delicious luncheon provide by Oleta Wagoner, Helen Roe, Joan Gale and Andrea Schneider. Thirteen members and three prospective members were present.
State American Indian Chairman and chapter Registrar Tonia Edwards presented an educational program on frontiersman Daniel Boone, who blazed the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap in 1775, one of his many activities in opening Kentucky to settlement. There were many clashes between the Shawnee Indians and the settlers. Boone and his men were captured by the Shawnee while on a trip to Bluelicks to the salt springs (they needed salt to preserve meat) and taken to the Shawnee village of Chillicothe. He was subsequently forced to run the gauntlet, was adopted by Chief Blackfish and given the name Sheltowee (Big Turtle). After months with the Shawnee, on June 16, 1778, he managed to escape to warn Boonesborough of an attack.
The business meeting followed with appointment of an audit committee and by-laws committee. Several members will be attending the state conference in Columbus in March and Continental Congress in Washington, D.C. in June.
The next meeting will be April 1 at 11 a.m. at the Hillsboro Presbyterian Church featuring the Youth Awards.
Submitted by Jane Stowers.