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‘Lore of the Laughery’ living history
event scheduled for May

Period craft demonstrations,
music among events

Staff Report

FRIENDSHIP, Ind. (April 2010) – The National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association will present its sixth annual living history reenactment, “Lore of the Laughery,” May 1-2 with a School Day scheduled for April 30. The event will be held on the grounds of the NMLRA in Friendship, Ind.

recreated Frontier Mounted Militia encampment

Photo provided

A recreated
Frontier Mounted
Militia encampment
includes military
re-enactors from the
French and Indian
Wars, Revolutionary
War and War of 1812.

The “Lore” is a “living history” event that seeks to tell the history of the area in a way that engages the imagination of the visitors and participants and inspires more interest in the lifestyles, cultures, arts, crafts, and traditions of the past. The NMLRA has chosen to sponsor a “living history”-style event, since the staff there has found that format to be of great interest to the public and extremely effective as a learning tool for young and old alike.
It encourages one-on-one interaction with the participants, facilitates learning about other times and other cultures through a “feet first, hands-on” approach, and invites visitors to join the NMLRA in our exploration of history. The time period presented encompasses 1750-1812.
While the NMLRA is the national organization devoted to the history and sport of muzzleloading, the “NMLRA” board of directors understands that the association is also a neighbor and community partner in the local area. Written into its mission statement is the responsibility to promote, support, nurture, and preserve our nation’s rich historical heritage. The Lore was developed by the NMLRA to address this mission in a way that contributes to the area in a positive fashion through historical education and entertainment.
The Lore’s outstanding participants and performers truly put the “living” in the Lore of the Laughery.
The event has established a reputation for educational excellence through the efforts and skills of its participants. More than 300 participants register for the Lore, and all are “juried” by the Lore Committee to assure attention to detail to historical authenticity and accuracy.
All participants are required to submit photos of their crafts, period clothing, and encampment. This process serves to help present as accurate a picture as possible of the lifestyles-livelihoods of the time. Crafts demonstrated include blacksmithing, surveying and cartography, silversmithing, spinning, weaving, braintanning of deerskin, beadwork, and porcupine quillwork. A recreated Woodland Indian village, composed of interpreters and wigwams, helps teach about the Native people through craft displays, Woodland Indian gardening demonstrations, and one-on-one interaction with the public.
A recreated Frontier Mounted Militia encampment, combined with military re-enactors from the French and Indian War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 time period and the Painted Stone Settlers, engage in daily demonstrations of period battle tactics and artillery demonstrations. There are many activities for children, including beadstringing, costume try-on, butterchurning, archaeology, period games, and candledipping.
Period fashion shows lend insight into the clothing of the time. The period music at the Lore is a visitor favorite- various groups perform 18th century colonial music, French Canadian, and Celtic. The informal atmosphere of the Lore lends itself to frequent performer-visitor sing-a-longs.

• For more information, contact Leslie Martin Conwell, American History Events Coordinator, at (765) 563-6792.

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