2016 Calendar

All Living History Open Houses are 1-4 p.m.

Cooking and craft demonstrations are 1-4 p.m.

Music is  from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Program presentations begin at 2:30 p.m.


May 29 (Sun)     "Powder Horns, Old & New:

                               Historic Styles"

                              Hearth and woodstove cooking

                              Spinning demonstration

                              Music - Jason Jennings & Friends

June 12 (Sun)       "Dear Dario," Letters from Paul

                                Sargent to Dario Covi, former

                                student & WWII Soldier

                              Spinning Demonstration

                              Music - Grass Roots Revival

June 26  (Sun)     "1917 Coles Co. Tornado, Effect &    

                                Recovery" What do we remember?

                                Share your stories.

                              Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

                               Bluegrass Music - Kingery Bros.

July 10  (Sun)        "Blacksmithing Demonstration &


                              Chair Caning Demonstration

                              White Coopering

                              Bluegrass Music - Firebox Band

July 24  (Sun)       "Life & Times of Tilford Dudley" 

                                (Program at 1 p.m., Music at 2 p.m.)  

                               White Coopering

                               Wool Spinning Demonstration

                               Blacksmithing Demonstration

                               Music - Red Hills Dulcimer Society


August 7  (Sun)     "The History and Use of Live Traps"

                                Cooking of wild game on hearth

                                  & stove

                                Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

                                Bluegrass Music - Firebox Band

August 21  (Sun)    "Collecting Indian Artifacts of East.


                                Spinning & Weaving Demonstration

                                Music - Big Spike Hammer

August 28 (Sun)    "The Women of Spoon River"

                                  (Program starts at 2 p.m.)

                              A look at Edgar Lee Master's literary

                                classic Spoon River Anthology from

                                women's perspectives                           

Sept 17 (Sat)           BBQ and Auction Fundraiser

                                     at the Coles Co. Fairgrounds

October 9  (Sun)    FALL FESTIVAL - 1-4 p.m.

                                Open hearth cooking

                                Wood stove cooking

                                Food Preservation

                                White Coopering

                                Spinning & Weaving

                                Toy Maker


                                Chair Caning

                                Cider Pressing

                                Scherenschnitte (paper cutting)

                                Farm Animal Petting

                                Music by Motherlode

                                Phineas Fairhead, Phrenologist

                                Period Magic Show - The Great Andrew