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  1. 1856 Election Day

    August 24, 2019, 9:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Come to Missouri Town 1855 and witness the political discussions and heated debates that surrounded the 1856 presidential debate. Politics in Missouri and around the nation are becoming quite turbulent and Americans are increasingly divided. Old political alliances are beginning to fall apart and a new party is on the rise. The nation is unsure of its future and the short term solutions that have traditionally kept the nation together are beginning to wear thin.

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  2. Paranormal Investigation at Missouri Town 1855

    September 14, 2019, 7:00 PM - 11:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Visitors will participate in a search for paranormal activity with trained ghost hunters! Observe the tools the professionals use to interact and detect spirits that inhabit this historical site. Visitors will search for spirits throughout the village, including several of Missouri Town’s historic homes. Feel the hairs on the back of your neck stand up straight! Advanced reservations are required.

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  3. Grand Festival of Chez les Canses

    September 28, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Explore the history of the early French explorers who settled at the confluence of the Kansas and Missouri Rivers in the late 1700s. This annual event celebrates the French contributions to our regional history. Skilled interpreters, attired in appropriate late 18th century clothing, will lead you on a journey of discovery. Witness the arts, crafts and customs of these early European explorers and settlers.

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  4. 44th Annual Festival of Arts, Crafts & Music

    October 5, 2019 - October 6, 2019 @ Missouri Town 1855

    Discover why this popular annual fall event has been a family tradition for thousands over 40 years. Skilled interpreters, crafters and artisans will bring this antebellum living history site to life with period music, dance, games, crafts, a fun-filled hay wagon ride, and delicious foods. Please no pets.

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  5. Food on the Missouri Frontier

    October 19, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    A new event highlighting preparing and preserving food for the winter months. Take in the tantalizing smells of cooking using an open fire, a “tin kitchen”, and on a stone hearth while you help make part of the meal. Rediscover the variety of historic food preservation methods used for hundreds of years. Take home popular recipes from early American kitchens to make for your family.

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  6. American Fur Trader's Encampment

    November 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - November 10, 2019, 4:30 PM @ Fort Osage National Historic Landmark

    Discover how the traders, trappers and explorers made their way into little-known territory of the Louisiana Purchase during the first quarter of the 19th century. Learn about the seasonal work of these intrepid individuals as they study and open the American frontier with map making and trade. Hosted by members of the American Mountain Men of the Missouri River Brigade with demonstrations of daily activities from camp life to Native American sign language.

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  7. Soap Making & Laundry Day

    November 9, 2019, 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    Learn the hygiene practices if Missourians in the mid-19th century. Learn how to make lye soap and how laundry was cleaned in the days before liquid detergent and high-efficiency washers and dryers. Take home a complimentary bar of lye soap as a souvenir of the day (while supplies last). Pets are not permitted inside the village.

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  8. A Christmas Celebration

    December 7, 2019, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM @ Missouri Town 1855

    The chill of winter cannot stop staff and volunteers from sharing the joys of the holiday season with the many visitors who have made this annual holiday event a must. Warm hearth fires, simple but delicious food, period music, an appearance by Belsnickle, and piping hot cider are but a few of the treats awaiting our guests.

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