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Almost 200 years ago, our pioneer forefathers embarked upon a journey of westward expansion that should never be forgotten by succeeding generations of Americans. In mid-June their historic trek through the Cumberland Gap into Kentucky will be remembered in a way that Daniel Boone could have never imagined.

As part of the Boone Trace Dedication to be held June 14, the Friends of Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (a 501c 3 non-profit corporation, which supports and fosters educational programming at the park) will host a Red Carpet Gala and Movie Premier of Kent Masterson Brown’s movie production “Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West.”

There are only 104 tickets/seats available for the event. Ticket cost is $75 each and includes a one-year family membership with the friends group, raffle tickets for a 1775 era replica hunting rifle with a leather pouch and powder horn, a Friends euro sticker, entry to the reception and entry to the premier showing of the movie.

The gala and premier will feature the formal walking of the red carpet by men in black tie and women in gowns that would rival those of a Hollywood event.

The gala and premier are the culminating events of a powerful two-day celebration commemorating the greatest American pathfinder Daniel Boone and the trail he cut through the Wilderness that was then known as Boone’s Trace.

Beginning in 1775 upon the threshold of the American Revolution, Boone and the 300,000 pioneers that followed this trace to Kentucky would be instrumental in carving out our new and independent nation. They would settle Kentucky, and their descendants would continue to move further and further westward until they reached the Pacific Ocean.

The names of these pioneers include both the famous and the common man. Famous pioneers who headed west on Boone’s Trace include Abraham Lincoln, the grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln, Moses Austin father of Stephen F. Austin, founder of Texas, and many other historic figures whose descendants have had a profound effect on the history of our country.

Through the years, footsteps of the famous which have funneled through the gap as they went about the business of building America include Meriwether Lewis and his friend William Clark returning to Washington after their expedition and Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War.

Many people living in the area share the bloodlines of those forgotten tens of thousands who came through the gap many generations ago.

The gala and premier promise to be the social event of the year for the Cumberland Gap region with proceeds benefiting the preservation of this grand American heritage. This gala coupled with the dedication of the new Boone Trace historic trail winding from Cumberland Gap to Fort Boonesborough is an exciting opportunity for the oft-forgotten story of this region’s place in history to come into the spotlight once again.

Friends of Cumberland Gap Chairman of the Board John Brown relates many businesses and individuals are joining with the friends group in supporting this fundraising endeavor that promises to be a once in a lifetime opportunity as we commemorate this important story with the Dedication of the new Boone Trace historic trail and the movie “Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West” premier.

For more information concerning the Gala and Premier, contact Teresa Brown at 606-248-2551.

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