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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:56 PM

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LIMA — Remembering Frontier Days open house is set for 1-4 p.m. July 20 at the Children’s Discovery Center at the Allen County Museum. For more information call (419) 222-9426. Admission is free and the event is open to the public. Donations are welcomed.

The Allen County Museum will present an afternoon open house of the Children’s Discovery Center featuring frontier interpreters Jeff Hunlock, Wapakoneta, as Bear Claw Jeb; and Kevin Poling and Christina Rickets, Sidney, of Forgotten Voices of the Past. These visiting costumed interpreters will help families and kids to better understand the beauty and the hardships of the Ohio Frontier. Kevin and Christina will bring items to interact with — items used when Ohio was still wild and on the western edge of the New World. See how people survived in the wilderness and interacted with the American Indians. Hear about the events leading up to the French and Indian War. Learn about the fur trade and major routes of transportation, farming, home building and influence of the early French and British cultures.

Bear Claw Jeb will be displaying artifacts of prehistoric Indians from stone tools to flint blades. He’ll also be bringing other historic items not previously displayed and will explain how they were used. Kids are invited to bring their own Native American collection items for identification and sharing.

Every day life on the Frontier was filled with risks and knowing how to grow and use herbs was important for survival. The Allen County Master Gardeners will bring samples of herbs and plants that were commonly used during Pioneer days. Today we think of herbs mostly for cooking. But history tells us that many common plants were used to make medicines and healthy drinks. They were also used to add fragrance to stuffy cabins or ward-off unwanted pests from the garden.

This open house is free and open to the public.


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