MOUNT VERNON — The year is 1758. The French and Indian War is raging. The bitter struggle between two European powers, the native peoples and the colonies finds a raiding party of French soldiers and Shawnee warriors descending on the Jemison family home near present day Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.

Mary Jemison, her parents and siblings are captured and taken to Fort Duquesne (present day Pittsburgh). Mary, a teenager at the time, is sold to the Seneca and her parents are killed. Mary is taken into the tribe, learns the Seneca ways and eventually takes a Delaware Indian as a husband.

This story will be told by Mary Jemison as portrayed by Julia Geiger, Thursday at The Grand Hotel, 12 Public Square, Mount Vernon. Chautauquas are presented in the conference room, on the lower level of the hotel.

Doors open at 6 p.m., with the program starting at 7 p.m., with Christina from the Colonies, singing colonial songs. Mary Jemison will then tell her story and take questions from the audience.

These programs are presented in the conference room, on the lower level of the Grand Hotel. The facility is fully accessible to people with special needs.

For more information about this program and upcoming presentations, visit



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