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Lincoln Pioneer Village Hosts Fall Heritage Days

Celebration commemorates Abraham Lincoln’s formative days

By Angie Fenton

Courtesy photos

screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-10-55-41-amKentucky may claim Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace, but Rockport, Indiana, served as home to the 16th president of the United States “in his formative years” from 1816 to 1830, says Nancy Kaiser, director of Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum – and you’re invited to the commemorative celebration.

 

Lincoln Pioneer Village will host Fall Heritage Days 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28 to give visitors an opportunity to walk in Lincoln’s footsteps.

 

“You really step back in time that weekend with the costumed interpreters, demonstrators, music and more,” says Kaiser. “Although small, most visitors are amazed by what we have. Often confused with the Lincoln Boyhood Memorial, which is about 20 minutes north of us, we have just as much if not more to see.”

 

The weekend event will be highlighted by costumed interpreters throughout the village, tours of cabins that replicate what life was like when Lincoln was alive; demonstrations that include chair caning, weaving and wool spinning and candle dipping; museum tours filled with authentic artifacts; an antique quilt exhibit; food, music and other entertainment.

 

“Sometimes Indiana is skipped over” when it comes to Lincoln’s history prior to his presidency, “but we feel his years here were his most important ones in (terms of) what he became,” Kaiser maintains.

 

Educating younger generations is imperative, too, Kaiser says.

 

“Educating (people about) how life was when our ancestors came to Southern Indiana is so important. It needs to be preserved for this generation and the next,” she explains. “We are trying to keep the history alive.”


screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-10-56-47-amFall Heritage Days

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 28

Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum

928 Fairground Drive

Rockport

812.649.9147

lincolnpioneervillage.com

lpvdirector@gmail.com

Lincoln Pioneer Village and Museum is closed Nov. 1 through April 30 but is open by appointment and for tours

 

 

 

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Summer Fun Series

SUMMER FUN

If you’re like us, you’re ready for summer, and we’ve got you covered if you’re looking for things to do. From young ones to adults, check out these options for enjoying the warm weather months while exploring and enjoying our community.


CAVE COUNTRY CANOES

812.365.2705

cavecountrycanoes.com

Forget the wifi. But you will find a better connection when enjoying Cave Country Canoes. Located 40 minutes west of Louisville, you’ll experience an amazing day on Blue River. Plan a trip – they offer excursions for individuals 3 years of age and up – and make it a point to enjoy this spring or summer.


FRENCH LICK WEST BADEN

812.936.3418

vflwb.com

Ready to create memories with the ones you love? Visit French Lick West Baden. Whether you want to bathe an elephant at Wilstem Ranch, enjoy sunset cruises on Patoka Lake or get outdoors and explore, the opportunity to create memories awaits.


HISTORIC ROCKPORT

812.649.9147

lincolnpioneervillage.com

One of Southern Indiana’s true gems of living history, this quaint river town has so much to offer. Visit the Rockport Lincoln Pioneer Village & Museum, 928 Fairground Drive in Rockport, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May through October.


JASPER INDIANA STRASSENFEST

jasperstrassenfest.org

Jasper Strassenfest has grown to become a premier festival in the region thanks to the foresight and dedication of the first committee who laid the groundwork of showcasing civic pride and German roots while providing a downtown venue to allow area not-for-profits to build fellowship and raise money for reinvestment in the community. Mark your calendar now for the 40th Annual Jasper Strassenfest, which will occur Aug. 2 through Aug. 5.


LOUISVILLE ZOO

502.459.2181

Louisvillezoo.org

There’s so much to enjoy at the Louisville Zoo, including a fabulous LEGO BRICKS exhibit created by Sean Kenney. This family-friendly venue is a jewel in Louisville that attracts people from around the region. Plan your visit today.


RED SKELTON MUSEUM

812.888.4184

redskeltonmuseum.org

Start your day with a laugh at the Red Skelton Museum of American Comedy in Vincennes. The museum honors the legacy of a man who touched numerous lives through his comedic talent, great works, compassion and commitment to public service and is a testament to the impact one man can have on the lives of others. Save the date: The Red Skelton Festival is 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. July 21.