Attend Living History Day May 30 at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site

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Volume 37-142 For Immediate Release: May 21, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Step back in time and enjoy Living History Day on Saturday, May 30, at Battle of Lexington State Historic Site in Lexington. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of the Anderson House, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Experience daily life during the mid-1800s at this event, which will feature authentic wool spinning, a sutler's tent (one who sold supplies to soldiers), military drill/gun demonstrations, children's games and traditional crafts. At 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Jean Warren, Civil War sutler/expert, will speak about "Life During the Border War Years." Tours of the Anderson House will be conducted hourly for the normal fee, which is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids age six to 12.

Battle of Lexington State Historic Site is located on Delaware Street in Lexington.  It is the location of a Civil War battle that took place on Sept. 18-20, 1861. The Anderson House was used as a field hospital for both Confederate and Union soldiers during the battle. In addition to tours of the Anderson House, the site also features a free visitor center and a self-guided trail around the battlefield. 

For more information, contact the historic site at 660-259-4654 or the Missouri Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.   

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