The York County Heritage Trust's Second Saturday program for February will feature local historian and author Debra Sandoe McCauslin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Historical Society Museum, 250 E. Market St., York. The program is free and open to the public.
McCauslin's presentation is titled "Mary Jemison: Captivating Captive of the French & Indian War." Jemison was just 15 when she was abducted in 1758 from her Buchanan Valley home in what is now Adams County. While her Shawnee captors killed other members of her family, they spared Mary, later trading her to a Seneca tribe where she was adopted by two Seneca women.
After the war ended, Mary lived on with her Seneca family, becoming a leading member of the tribe. Twice married to Seneca chiefs, she acquired substantial property in New York state. Although she had chances to leave the Seneca, she chose not to, remaining instead with her new way of life.
McCauslin will explore why Jemison's refused several opportunities to return to white society, at times even hiding from those who would take her back.
For more information, call (717) 848-1587, ext. 225, or visit www.yorkheritage.org.