West Virginia University at Parkersburg
300 Campus Drive Parkersburg WV 26104
Phone: 304-424-8203 | Fax: 304-424-8315
WVU Parkersburg hosting "History Alive!" program featuring portrayal of West Virginia frontier scout "Mad" Anne Bailey.
CONTACT: Debbie Richards, Executive Assistant to the President for Policy and Social Justice, 304-424-8201.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Patty Sue Cooper of Parkersburg will portray West Virginia frontier scout "Mad" Anne Bailey in a free presentation at 11 a.m., Wednesday (March 14) at West Virginia University at Parkersburg.
Open to the public, the program is part of the college's Women's History Month observance. It will be held in the college theatre (Room 1305).
Anne Bailey served in the Great Kanawha Valley in the late 1700s as a buckskin-clad frontierswoman. She could handle a horse, hatchet and long rifle as well as any man. When her husband was killed in the battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, she was compelled to avenge his death and embarked on a new life as a border scout and messenger. The 1861 poem "Anne Bailey's Ride" commemorates her heroic 1791 ride alone over 100 miles of mostly wilderness to Fort Savannah (Lewisburg) and back with desperately needed gunpowder when Fort Lee (Charleston) was threatened with attack.
Anne Bailey is one of many 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. Humanities' scholars research a variety of sources about the figures they portray, using such reference materials as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentations.
This West Virginia Humanities Council program is being hosted by WVU Parkersburg and supported with additional assistance from the Office of the Secretary, West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts.