As we come into the last weekend before the big Open House we are all very excited about the continuing coverage of the project in the Niles Daily Star, WMU News, and elsewhere. For those of you just getting familiar with the project or unaware of the Open House Event I thought it might be a good idea to elaborate on this experience! First the logistics:
August 13th and 14th (Saturday and Sunday), 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Joseph River Park at the intersection of Fort and Bond Streets in Niles, MI
|Check out the wet-screen!|
To round out the event and draw in the public a group of living history interpreters (re-enactors) has teamed up with the project to give demonstrations on 18th century ways of life. These folks are extremely knowledgable of their subjects and bring history to life with with spectactular dress and props. Do not miss out on the opportunity to see a Jesuit Priest, finger weaver, French Marine, and many others! The day will also feature a couple of canoe landings, book sales, a table hosted by Support the Fort, touchable animal furs, children's activities, a chance to try on voyageur (French trader) clothing, food, and more!
Wait, did I mention that the entire event is FREE! So please bring your kids, bring grandma...well, bring everyone for a chance to see all of our new discoveries at the fort and get a taste of life as a fur trader in the 18th century. Here is a schedule of events:
10:00 Event Opens
|Living history demonstrations.|
11:00 Arrival of the voyageurs, canoe landing
11:30 Lecture--Tim Kent: Life of a Fur Trader
12:00 Musket Drill
12:30 Lecture--Dr. Terrance Martin: Animals of Fort St. Joseph and the Fur Trade
1:30 Lecture--Barbara Schwaderer: From Beaver to Felt Hat
2:00 Musket Drill
Lecture--Dr. Michael Nassaney: Archaeology Update
2:30 Arrival of the voyageurs, canoe landing
3:00 Lecture--Tim Kent: Material Culture of the Fur Trade
4:00 Event Ends
If you need more information please post a comment or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you all there!