We decided to start at the beginning and work our way forward through history.
|The Toolman trying out a quill pen|
Here's the table (which I also found fascinating). The Bible says there's nothing new under the son. Here I think we're lucky to have portable gear for camping, but this whole set disassembles and fits in the box that makes up the table surface. I was told a vendor sold them at last year's event, but I'll have to try and find my own plans on the Internet.
Moving forward to the age of the trappers and mountain men we're ran into this shaggy character. He told us about the mutual benefits of mountain men taking Indian wives. They had the protection of family while hunting and trapping, the family gained access to guns and ammunition.
In the Wild West, Schnickelfritz found a whip in the General store. We had recently let him see Raiders of the Lost Ark and he "needed" one of his own. The vendor knocked the price down from $10 to $4--I guess it pays to be cute.
|A couple of real desperadoes in the Wild West Jail|
After lunch, we headed to the more modern warfare side of the museum--if you can call the Civil War modern. Papa & the Toolman were certainly more interested in the weapons of war on display. And it was interesting that not all the re-enactors were "Americans." There were German and Russian troops in the World War II areas. I saw this girl playing with her puppy (who needed to work off some pent up energy).
The entire family had a good day. There were also exhibits by the World Bird Sanctuary, period music and lectures on Tarleton (from the American Revolution), the War of 1812, etc. I wish that there was authentic food, but the re-enactors were only providing for themselves and we had to go to the modern food tents. Fortunately for us there was an Amish family making ice cream. Yum!!!
And you can't have a history event in Missouri without an appearance by one of its most famous sons. Here's Schnickelfritz with Mark Twain.