News Release 162

Boone family women are focus on tour at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site June 4

Volume 39-162 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. MAY 24, 2011 -- Learn about the women of the Boone family during a special guided tour at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove on Saturday, June 4. The tour will begin at 2 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The guide will be Greta Russell, editor of the Missouri Women’s History Blog. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.

Foremost among the women in Nathan Boone’s life was his wife, Olive. The two were married in Kentucky in 1799, and traveled alone to Missouri just weeks later. Nathan Boone was 18 years old and Olive was 16. While Nathan devoted his energies to hunting, surveying and other pursuits that kept him away from home for long periods of time, Olive quickly learned to adapt to life on the early Missouri frontier. The couple remained together for 57 years until Nathan’s death in 1856. Eleven of their 14 children were daughters. The tour will focus on the story of Olive’s life as well as the story of Nathan Boone’s mother, Rebecca Boone, his mother-in-law Marjory Van Bibber, and several of their daughters.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and graves of Nathan and Olive Boone. The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V.

For more information about the event, call the historic site at 417-751-3266. For information about the Missouri Women’s History Blog, go to missourwomen.org. For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites, call the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf), or visit mostateparks.com.

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