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Local guides receive national awards

Two certified interpretive guides from The Historic Daniel Boone Home are being honored by the National Association for Interpretation [NAI] Region 6 for their achievements in front-line interpretation.

Lead Interpreter William Ray, of St. Charles, will receive the NAI 2018 Master/Distinguished Professional Interpreter Award.

William Ray

Living History Interpreter Shirley Pecoraro, of Cottleville, will receive the NAI 2018 Outstanding Interpretive Volunteer Award. Both awards will be accepted at the annual conference in Wichita, Kansas, later this month.

Shirley Peccaro

Over the past two years, Boone Home interpreters have been honored with five NAI Awards, four regional and one national. These award-winning interpreters ensure that visitors to the Boone Home walk away with a memorable and educational experience.

William Ray has been educating and entertaining the community with historical interpretation for the past 25 years. Serving as the park’s lead interpreter for the past nine years, he has become a mentor to staff and volunteers when it comes to telling the Boone family’s story.

Ray utilizes effective methods of interpretive techniques to engage audiences as he tours the home and village grounds during special events. He also developed the curriculum for K-12 programs offered to students who visit the Boone Home on school field trips and Home School Days. He is an avid fiddle, banjo, and dulcimer player, and leads the Traditional Music Days event held at the site in the summer.

Shirley Pecoraro has been a devoted volunteer for the past 12 years at The Historic Daniel Boone Home, and has donated hundreds of hours of service to enlightening the public about the history of the Boone family.

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