Archive for Thursday, May 14, 2009

Historical society to feature Revolutionary War actor

May 14, 2009

A Revolutionary War soldier will be coming to Tonganoxie.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 201 W. Washington St., Anna Smith will portray Deborah Samson, Revolutionary War soldier.

Disguised as a man, Massachusetts colonist Deborah Samson joined the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War to fight for independence from England.

Samson was the first known woman to receive a pension for military service, and first known woman lecturer of the 18th century.

The presentation is part of the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s monthly meeting.

The public is welcome to attend.

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