SAR chapter program highlights 'Blind' Boone

Gene Henry, president of Martin Warren Chapter, MOSSAR, gives a certificate to presenter Mike Shaw.

Mike Shaw, director of the Johnson County Missouri Historical Society and curator of the Museum, presented the program at the April 20 meeting of the Martin Warren Chapter, Missouri Society, Sons of the American Revolution. Shaw’s program titled, “J.W. ‘Blind’ Boone, Missouri’s Musical Pioneer,” included information about “Blind” Boone’s family genealogy, how he came to Missouri, the cause of the blindness and how his blindness helped produce an extremely talented pianist and a genuine showman and sincere person.

Shaw indicated that he had an abiding interest in writing a book about J.W. Boone.

Following his program, Shaw was awarded the Bronze Good Citizenship Medal and Certificate by Chapter President Gene Henry.

The Martin Warren Chapter meets on the third Saturday of each month, except February, July and August, at the Rise Café, 607 N, Ridgeview Drive, Warrensburg.

The meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with a luncheon, followed by a business meeting and program.

The meetings are open to anyone interested in history and genealogy.

Reservations for lunch can be made by emailing

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