The Bison-tennial Caper

March 22, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Owensboro Museum of Science and History
220 Daviess Street
Owensboro, KY 42303

Sutton Elementary School and the Sutton Elementary Chorus will present a musical play about the founders of Daviess County on March 22nd at 2 p.m. at the Museum of Science and History.  The play was written as a way to integrate the history of Daviess County with music and drama to teach children about the history of our area and the people and animals who were here before our land was settled.  This event is the kick-off to many upcoming bi-centennial events and celebrations to come as we celebrate our 200th birthday here in Daviess County.

“The Bison-Tennial Caper”

By Julie Ann White, OPS Arts Infusion Specialist

2008-2009 Recipient of the Governors Award in the Arts

It’s historical fiction — all the characters in the play are people that were famous in Daviess County’s past. Those include Pioneer Bill Smothers, Major Joseph Hamilton Daveiss, Col. Abraham Owen and Robert Triplett.

The play revolves around an Owensboro elementary school choir that is asked to perform at the Elizabeth Munday Center for Citizenship Day. As the choir begins to sing their first number, “This Land is Your Land,” a crotchety old man, William “Bill” Smeathers III, interrupts the performance and tells the students about the reality and hardships of pioneer life in Daviess County and how Owensboro got its name!