Children are invited to step back in time at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site

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Volume 37-354 For immediate release: Sept. 30, 2009

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. -- Experience life in the 1860s at the "1860s Children's Day" and "Civil War Boot Camp" events to be held in October at Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site in New Madrid. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Oct. 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the "1860s Children's Day" event will provide children of all ages the opportunity to learn what life was like in the 1860s by introducing them to common chores and games of the time period. They can try their hand at washing clothes with a washboard, dipping candles, churning butter, making corn shuck dolls, walking on stilts and more.

On Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon, children ages nine to 12 can return to the site to learn about and experience the daily life of a Civil War soldier at the "Civil War Boot Camp." This program will begin with an introduction about Missouri's part in the Civil War and the life of the common soldier. Children will take part in several activities, including enlisting in the Union army, being issued equipment, learning some of the basic drills that soldiers had to know, snacking on hardtack, taking part in a pay call and mustering out at the end of their service.  Advance registration is required for this program and space is limited.

Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site is located on Dawson Road in New Madrid.  For more information or to register for the "Civil War Boot Camp," contact the site at 573-748-5340 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 state parks and historic sites, visit the Web at