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Saturday, Apr. 11th 2015


"Monotony, Boredom and Sheer Terror!"--The life of an average Civil War Soldier

The common soldier had a lot to endure during the struggle known as our American Civil War. Meet an interpreter from Historic Washington State Park, either in first or third person, as you learn and appreciate the many daily obstacles to a soldier's morale and health during war. $100

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"Robbers, Rattlers, and Glass Slippers"-- Stories That Have to be Told!

Certain stories seem to move with people across place and time. Have you ever wondered why? There is just something about them that bears repeating to others. Join a storyteller at Historic Washington State Park as you explore certain stories that came across oceans to America and then moved across its landscape. The stories related will be examples told by citizens of Washington, Arkansas in the nineteenth century. Although told locally here in Arkansas, you'll definitely recognize them as being very similar to stories from your area. Stories like these are being repeated even today $100

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An Arkansas Woodsman's Skillful Hands

Early settlers utilized skills in working wood to craft tools and home furnishings. He oftentimes traded or sold his wares to support his family. Students will learn the meaning of vocabulary words and will be able to describe the uses of the woodsman's tools at the end of the program. The woodsman will demonstrate the techniques traditionally used to make common objects from local Arkansas woods.

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Arkansas Weaving Works: Basic Weaving on the Counter-Balance Loom

During the 19th century weaving was a vital part of daily life and home economy.Using simple technology women would produce both plain and complicated fabrics. Join a 19th century weaver as she explains the importance of her counter-balance loom, what it does, and how it works.

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Domestic Slave Life: Meet Betsy Carey

Students will meet Betsy Cary, a house slave during the Civil War 1860s Washington, Arkansas. Through a character monologue, students will get a glimpse into the life of a house slave. Betsy has to spin a certain amount of string at the end of her workday. Join her as she demonstrates the basics of carding and spinning and relates to you her daily routine.

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Grandmother's Trunk

Mary, dressed as a frontier woman, talks about traveling to Southwest Arkansas from North Carolina in 1855. She will display and discuss the items that she brought with her from North Carolina, what they mean to her and how she uses those items in her home in Washington, Arkansas. She will discuss family life and values, and explain how she and her husband provide a home, food, shelter, and education for her family of six children.

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Spinning With Betsy

During the 1830's and 1840's Washington, Arkansas was a small town on the edge of the frontier. Ladies were still involved in the process of spinning and weaving. Learn the basics of spinning with Betsy. How was wool carded? Why was wool used? These are some of the questions that will be answered in this program. Betsy will demonstrate carding and spinning as she interacts with the class.

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