LA State Parks Events August 2014

August 1, 2014toAugust 31, 2014

Passion_logoUpon Request, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many – Museum Tours. The Fort Jesup museum houses historic displays and artifacts, in a reproduction of the original Officers’ Quarters. The tour includes the original kitchen outbuilding, the only structure left of the 82 buildings that were at the fort during 1822-1846. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4117 locally.

Upon Request, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville – Daily Demonstrations. Daily demonstrations will be conducted to show how cotton fiber was separated from seed. Juxtaposed against hand separation, this will serve to illustrate how such a simple machine had such a great impact on the proliferation of cotton production in the South. We will be using a wheel gin (hand crank roller gin). These types of gins even pre-date the Whitney gin. We will also have mature cotton plants with open bolls as part of the exhibit/demonstration, as well as raw cotton for use in the gin. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

Daily, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville – Musket Demonstration. The demonstration includes a brief presentation of infantry weapons used in the Civil War, a discussion of the merits of rifle muskets over smoothbore muskets and of the basic parts of the musket, a loading demonstration, and finally a firing demonstration. The presentation ends with a question and answer session and an invitation to continue the site tour with a visit into Fort Randolph. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

Daily, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches – Living History, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Daily demonstrations of the life of colonials and soldiers of Post de Natchitoches. Activities include from Black Powder use, fabric dying and sewing, cooking, carpentry, and more. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville – Musical Petting Zoo, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can view the collection of stringed instruments on display to touch, play, and enjoy. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

Tuesdays-Saturdays, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville – The Listening Library, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Visitors can listen to country recordings and access the collection of books and films that tell the story of the roots of country music. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

Saturdays, Forts Randolph & Buhlow State Historic Site, Pineville – Workin’ in the Garden, 10-11 a.m. Together will the Rotary Club of Pineville, LA, site staff cultivates a vegetable garden on site. Volunteers are welcome to come help out and learn about vegetable gardening then and now. Your labor is always appreciated, as most vegetables produced go to the Main Street Mission of Pineville. For more information call 888.677.7437 toll free or 484.2390 locally.

August 6 & 30, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many – Wednesday is for Spinning.  Guests can view demonstrations of carding methods, the spinning wheel, and the drop spindle. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4417 locally.

August 8, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville – Laws and Customs of Native American Culture, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Come out and learn how Native American society as organized, and how the rich culture developed prior to the arrival of the European settlers. For more information call 888.253.8954 or 253.8954 locally.

August 9, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches – Art Day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Artists are invited to create historically-inspired artwork, as part of the Natchitoches Tricentennial Art Month. Participants can set up on any part of the site to paint, do woodwork, design baskets, or any other form of art. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

August 9, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches – Don’t Touch This: Poison Ivy, Sumac, and Poison Oak, 10 a.m.-noon. Bring your children for a class on safety while enjoying outdoor activities, focusing on how to identify and avoid the common plants that can cause rashes and other allergic reactions. The fee for this special session is $5 per person; to register or more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

August 9, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville – Back to School Bash, 6-9 p.m. Gather the entire family for the annual Friends Group musical concert. Concessions will be available, or attendees can bring a picnic supper. For more information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

August 16, Fort Jesup State Historic Site, Many – A Laundress’ Story, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. See demonstrations of mending and stitching techniques, and how clothes were washed in the 1800s. There will also be a discussion the history of female employment in the military post’s laundry. For more information call 888.677.5378 toll free or 256.4417 locally.

August 16, Rebel State Historic Site, Marthaville – “Mini” Introductory Mountain Dulcimer Workshop, 10 a.m. to noon.  If learning the Mountain Dulcimer has been on your “to do” list, you can take care of that item by bringing you dulcimer to Rebel.  Daryle Stephenson of Shreveport will offer a Beginner Mountain Dulcimer Workshop at 10 a.m.  Participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the park scenery.  When the workshop has concluded, there will be a short session during which students can display their newly-learned skills.  Pre-registration is required; the workshop fee is $2 per participant.  Standard park admission does apply.  For information call 888.677.3600 toll free or 472.6255 locally.

August 16, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches – 18th Century Stitches, 1-5 p.m. Come learn the ways of French marines and French colonist in the 18th century. This workshop will show how clothing was created and mended, through a hands-on project that participants will be able to keep. The fee for this special session a $6 per person; for more information call 888.677.7853 or 357.3101 locally.

August 23, Fort St. Jean Baptiste State Historic Site, Natchitoches – From Fortress of Louisburg to Fort Mobile, 10-11 a.m. Come and learn about the French Louisiana Territory and Colonial Natchitoches during the years of 1714-1803. For more information call 888.677.7853 toll free or 357.3101 locally.

August 23, Marksville State Historic Site, Marksville – Prehistoric Mounds Tour, 10 a.m. and noon. Join the staff and volunteers for special guided tours and demonstrations of the area and daily tasks, as performed by the area’s original residents. For more information call 888.253.8954 toll free or 253.8954 locally.

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