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Would you like to hear the story of a US Senator who has been buried three different times? A Civil War colonel who died at the battle of Shiloh? Meet up with a modern day spirit of Missouri’s first US Representative? Or one portraying the well-to-do or the not-so-well-to-do from Ste. Genevieve’s history before 1880?
Visitors will experience these stories and more as the Foundation for Restoration of Ste. Genevieve hosts its annual déjà vu Spirit Reunion on Saturday, October 25 from 5 p.m.-7:30 p.m. in historic Memorial Cemetery.
The cemetery established in 1787, includes the tombs and grave markers of the area’s earliest French Pioneers, other European emigrants, African American slaves and freemen, Native Americans and a mass grave for victims of a steamboat explosion. The family friendly living history program provides visitors with an intimate look into the lifestyles and happenings in Missouri’s oldest town during the late 18th and 19th centuries. Tour the cemetery via lantern light and chat “face to face” with spirits clad in traditional dress and enjoy a hauntingly good time. This event benefits the Memorial Cemetery restoration efforts.
As America begins the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, explore how "The Second War of Independence" impacted the soldiers and residents of Fort Osage. Both military and civilian re-enactors will bring this unsettling period to life as word of the declaration of war reached Fort Osage. Uncertain of imminent British attack, civilian men were conscripted to form a militia to bolster the Fort's defenses while the soldiers stationed at the Fort prepared for possible battle. Complete with musket and cannon demonstrations, this important, but largely forgotten saga is brought vividly to life at Fort Osage!
The presence of late 18th century French and Spanish explorers and settlers in the Kansas City area is a largely forgotten aspect of our regional history.
Fort Osage provides a perfect backdrop for this two day interpretive event exploring how these earliest Europeans were engaged in trade with local Native Americans while their home countries vied for dominance and control of the American west.
Skilled artisans will display handcrafted items of the period while other skilled interpreters will bring this fascinating period back to life for our visitors!
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