Witness a living history encampment June 20 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

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Volume 37-162 For Immediate Release: June 17, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., -- Witness a living history encampment of the First United States Dragoons on Saturday, June 20 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

The United States Dragoons were created by the Army in the 1830s for the "more perfect defense of the frontier."  Their responsibilities included exploring the Great Plains, meeting with Plains Indian tribes, and policing the new Indian reservations the government had created in the West.  Nathan Boone was commissioned as one of these "woods officers," and remained active with the dragoons until age 67.  The dragoons later saw action in the Mexican War, and eventually were re-designated as the U.S. Cavalry. 

The encampment will explore the changing role of the U.S. Dragoons from the 1830s up to the 1860s.  The event also will feature two presentations. At 1 p.m., Larry Toll, Ph.D., will give a talk on the Mexican War. At 2 p.m., site administrator David Roggensees will talk about Nathan Boone's experiences with the dragoons.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site preserves the last home and grave of Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone.  The historic site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V. 

For more information, contact the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf). For more information about Missouri state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at www.mostateparks.com.