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July 21, 2012

For Immediate Release

Elk River Gathering 2012

Sutton WV- The Elk River Gathering is excited to present the history of the people from around the Elk River basin.  There will be two scholarly presentations,  two dramatic portrayals, 18th century music and interpretation, interactive living history presentations on historic American Indian life skills and Euro-American life skills of both men and women,  hiking, and living history interpretation of Civil War events in and around Sutton.  The gathering will take place as a complementary historic educational component of the Mountain Lakes Festival scheduled for July 21, 2012.

Ronald McAllister of Alderson will perform interpretation of historical figure Jeremiah Carpenter, a Shawnee captive from the age of 9 to 18. Jeremiah fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774 before being the first settler of European decent in what became the Braxton County area.

Jerry Milnes of the Augusta Heritage Center of Davis and Elkins College will tell about the origins and perform Appalachian traditional music played by Jeremiah Carpenter from the early settlement era 1750-1799 and other unique West Virginia songs.

Dr. Robert Maslowski, US Army Corps of Engineers retired, from Milton WV will present  “An Archeological Survey of West Virginia People” about the central WV region’s archeology from 10.500 BC to 1900 AD.  His presentation will include discussion of West Virginia excavations including St. Albans, Buffalo, Green Bottom and Bull Town and their interpretations.

Siege of Fort Randolph

Doug Wood of Nitro WV,  will show-n-tell the history of Sutton area peoples from 1730 up to 1865.  He will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century American Indian males, including construction and demonstration of a fish weir in Elk River. Doug will also perform Ostenaco, funded separately by the History Alive! program of the WV Humanities Council.

Dianne Anestis of Nitro WV will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century Euro-American and American Indian females with particular focus on plant uses and fishing techniques.

Gwendolyn McAllister of Alderson WV,  will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century American Indian females with particular focus on cooking and childcare (she will have her 8 month old baby to assist).

Chris Martin of Daniels WV, will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of 18th century Euro-American males with focus on log house

construction and bridle path establishment.

Aaron Bosnick of Fairmont will conduct interactive living history life skill demonstrations of Civil War soldiers with particular focus on the similarities between 19th century bushwhacking techniques and 18th century American Indian guerilla tactics.

The  Jeremiah Carpenter Trail near Sutton Dam is open during day light hours and will be used in part of the extreme 5k “That Dam Race.”. Visitors to the event may wish to cool off in the Elk River or in Sutton Lake and enjoy the many other events of the Mountain Lakes Festival ( see www.mountainlakesfestival.com for more information.

Funding in part is provided by The West Virginia Humanities Council, USDA- Mountain Recourse Conservation and Development Committee, Sutton CDC, Michael Gioulis Historic Preservation Consultant, and the Elk Hotel.

The event is hosted by The Landmark Studio for the Arts, Sutton CDC, Town of Sutton, Braxton County Commission, Café Cimino Country Inn and the Braxton County CVB.

For more information contact Kevin Carpenter kevincarpenter@hotmail.com, (304) 377- 7495, www.jeremiahcarpenter.org.

Schedule of events Saturday July 21, 2012

10AM  Ostenaco- History Alive! Program plus Water Conservation and Fish Weir demonstration-Café Cimino & Elk River

12PM  An Archeological Survey of West Virginia People- Landmark Studio for the Arts

1PM-6PM 18th century life skill demonstrations (male and female)- Braxton County Court House Lawn:

American Indian skills of cooking, hunting, fishing, plant use and childcare.

Euro-American  skills of log house construction, hunting,  plant use and bridle path establishment.

A Civil War soldier will focus on 19th century bushwhacking techniques  derived from 18th century derived from  American Indian guerilla tactics.

3PM Walk through History 1730-1865 – Braxton County Court House Lawn

6PM  Jeremiah Carpenter, Shawnee Captive &  Pioneer- Braxton County Court House Lawn

7PM Gerry Milnes Traditional Appalachian Music- Braxton County Court House Lawn

Events will be held at the Landmark Studio for the Arts in case of inclement weather.

Kevin Carpenter Director, Elk River Gathering

92. S Stonewall St. Sutton WV 26601. kevincarpenter@hotmail.com (304) 377 7495 c, (304) 765 5960 h

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