MOUNT VERNON — Mike Petee makes his first 2012 appearance on the Chautauqua stage bringing to life the fastest known gunfighter of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok. Asked why Hickok, Petee said, “We try to bring a wide variety of historical persons to the series. From the American Revolutionary period, Civil War, Old West, WWII, actors, musicians, writers, well known names and lesser known, but just as noteworthy persons, to provide our community and audiences with a chance to expand their knowledge using this format of first person history, coming alive on stage. "
Wild Bill Hickok was born James Butler Hickok in Homer (present day Troy Grove), Illinois in 1837 and died of a gunshot to the back of the head by a man he had beaten in a card game the night before and to whom Hickok gave money back to for the man’s supper and then breakfast the next morning.
Petee will use the setting of the #10 Saloon in Deadwood on Aug. 2, 1876, a month after Custer’s Last Stand, to portray Wild Bill on the very day of his murder. During the conversation at the card game he will mention various stories and aspects of the gunfighter’s life, including why a man with the name, James Butler Hickok came to be called Wild Bill.
Opening the program will be Bob Ford, returning to stamp his own brand of music for the occasion.
Elixir and the Ohio Humanities Council present the only monthly Chautauqua in the United States in Mount Vernon at ThePlace@TheWoodward (111 S. Main Street). Doors open at 6 p.m., Buffalo Bob Ford performs at 7 and Wild Bill Hickok will take the stage at about 7:45. There will be a question and answer period right after Hickok’s performance. This program is presented on a donation basis.
Published on May 7, 2012