of the Laughery living history
event scheduled for May
music among events
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.
re-enactors from the
French and Indian
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
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 nations 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 Lores 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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