Tag Archives: Living History

Santa Fe Trail Encampment at Arrow Rock State Historic Site

October 10, 2020 October 11, 2020

Arrow Rock is not holding its annual Fall Festival, due to COVID-19 concerns. However, there will be a small two-day living history encampment of site volunteers on the west lawn of the J. Huston Tavern. The event will feature a wagon, some period-style tents and trade goods of the type conveyed to Santa Fe from Arrow Rock and the Boonslick Country in the 1830s. The volunteers will demonstrate and explain the usage of some of the equipment and the types of conditions encountered on the Santa Fe Trail between Missouri and New Mexico.

Arrow Rock merchants will be open, and several craftspeople will be demonstrating on the Main Street boardwalk of town. The locations and small scale of the event will easily permit social distancing. Visitors are asked to wear face masks when visiting the encampment and community businesses.  

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EVENT TIMES: 10 A.M. – 4 P.M.

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact the event organizer prior to this event.

Missouri State Parks

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Arrow Rock State Historic Site

39521 Visitor Center Drive
Arrow Rock, Missouri 65320 United States
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(660) 837-3330
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La Vielle at Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

June 13, 2020 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Step back in time to the 1830s at this historic French candlelight evening in the garden of Felix Vallé House State Historic Site. Visitors can enjoy French folktales and folk dancing, as well as free refreshments.

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact the event organizer prior to this event.

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Missouri State Parks

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Felix Vallé House State Historic Site

198 Merchant St.
Ste. Geneviève, Missouri 63670 United States
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CANCELED: 215 Years Of The American Soldier at Fort Osage

May 16, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

EVENT CANCELED

A fascinating look at the everyday lives of those who have worn the uniform of the United States armed forces. Encounter soldiers and reenactors from over two centuries of military service and conflicts. Special exhibitions will be presented in the Fort’s education center.

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Fort Osage National Historic Landmark prior to this event.

$4.00 – $8.00

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

107 Osage St.
Sibley, Missouri 64088 United States
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(816) 650-3278

Old Mill Days at Montauk State Park

May 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:00 pm

Bring Mom out on Mother’s Day weekend to celebrate the historic mill and our rich Ozark heritage at Old Mill Days. Each year, the valley comes to life with historical re-enactors, historical artisans and other local Ozark crafters. Join us on the Saturday before Mother’s Day as we step back in time and explore lost traditions of a time many have forgotten.

Note: On Friday, May 8th, Montauk will invite local schools for a sneak peek and to explore hands-on activities.

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact the event organizer prior to this event.

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Missouri State Parks

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Montauk State Park

345 County Road 6670
Salem, Missouri 65560-9025 United States
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(573) 548-2201
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EVENT CANCELLED: Napoleonic War Encampment at Fort Osage

EVENT CANCELLED

March 29, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

Come to understand how the Napoleonic Wars, 1803-1815) affected Fort Osage with this encampment of French soldiers. Activities will include musket firing, close order drill, historic cooking demonstrations and military music. 

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Fort Osage National Historic Landmark prior to this event.

$4.00 – $8.00

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

107 Osage St.
Sibley, Missouri 64088 United States
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(816) 650-3278

EVENT CANCELLED: Napoleonic War Encampment at Fort Osage

EVENT CANCELLED

March 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

Come to understand how the Napoleonic Wars, 1803-1815) affected Fort Osage with this encampment of French soldiers. Activities will include musket firing, close order drill, historic cooking demonstrations and military music. 

This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Fort Osage National Historic Landmark prior to this event.

$4.00 – $8.00

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

107 Osage St.
Sibley, Missouri 64088 United States
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(816) 650-3278

33rd Annual Fall Muster at Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

October 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am October 27, 2019 @ 4:30 pm

Musket Reliability Drill at the 2017 Fall Muster.

Experience the trepidation felt by the soldiers and civilians living at Fort Osage in 1812 as news of imminent war with Great Britain reaches their remote frontier outpost. Unsure if the small garrison can successfully defend the fort, the soldiers form a civilian militia to augment their meager resources. Women begin to store rations and help bolster the military capacity, not knowing if they will have to fight or evacuate, fleeing for their lives! Cannon practice, musket practice, and infantry drills keep the soldier “at the ready” for action. This annual event is nationally recognized as one of the most authentic interpretations of the period.

*This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Fort Osage National Historic Landmark prior to this event.*


$4.00 – $8.00 Adults $8.00; Youth $4.00; Seniors (62 & Over) $4.00

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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1st U. States Infantry Regiment – Clemson’s Company – Living History Organization

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Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

107 Osage St.
Sibley, Missouri 64088 United States
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Historical Skills: Spinning and Weaving at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

October 19, 2019 @ 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Olive Boone was no stranger to crafting handmade items during her time on the homestead. Join site staff to see how residents of the Boone homestead transformed raw materials into finished goods. Try your hand at spinning cotton or operating a 19th-century barn frame loom.

*This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site prior to this event.*

Missouri State Parks

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Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

7850 N. State Hwy. V
Ash Grove, Missouri 65604 United States
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(417) 751-3266
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44th Annual Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music at Missouri Town 1855

October 5, 2019 October 6, 2019

Discover why this popular annual fall event has been a family tradition for thousands over 40 years. Skilled interpreters, crafters, and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life with period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun-filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods. Please, no pets.

Time Details:

Saturday, October 5 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Sunday, October 6 | 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Cost: $10.00 per car/van; $20.00 per school/commercial bus

*This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Jackson County Parks + Rec prior to this event.*

$10.00 – $20.00 $10.00 per car/van; $20.00 per school/commercial bus

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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Missouri Town 1855

8010 E Park Road
Lee's Summit, Missouri 64064 United States
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(816) 524-8770
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Discover Fort Osage!

September 21, 2019 @ 9:00 am 4:30 pm

Discover the best of the Fort at this new event. Enjoy food and drink as you learn about the history, trade, and culture of this 19th century Fort. Our living interpreters. special guided tours, curated story hours and period-inspired crafts will bring history to life.

*This event may change with or without notice. While we will make our best effort to update this page, it is recommended that you contact Fort Osage National Historic Landmark prior to this event.*

$4.00 – $8.00

Jackson County Parks + Rec – Historic Sites Division

(816) 229-8980

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Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

107 Osage St.
Sibley, Missouri 64088 United States
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(816) 650-3278