Experience early 19th Century life at this weekend’s Cannons at the Fort

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Local historian Mary Antoine teaches Bluff View fifth graders about the fur trade era during the 2012 Cannons at the Fort. (Courier Press file photo)

By Correne Martin

Fort Crawford Museum will present its annual Cannons at the Fort historical reenactment this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 13 and 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

About 40 interpreters will depict what life was like in Prairie du Chien in the early 1800s.

Interpretive stations will include Native American storytelling with flute music, the trade, dancing, basket making, candle making, soap making, spinning, rope making, lead pouring, flint knapping, food making, musket firing, cannon firing, a mini-militia, a Civil War singalong and more.

The presenters are quality educators hand-selected by members of the Prairie du Chien Historical Society specifically for this event.

“This is not a superficial reenactment. All of these people are very knowledgeable,” PdC Historical Society President Mary Antoine said. “They are very well versed in their craft. Those attending will get a chance to listen, see and smell what life was like here in the first half of the 19th Century.”

Over 900 children from regional schools will be attending the event throughout Friday, though the public is welcome to tag along and experience the different stations as they wish. Saturday is the day planned specifically for the public.
Tours of the museum will be available during Cannons at the Fort for the price of admission.

For more information, contact the museum at 326-6960 or visit fortcrawfordmuseum.com.

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