News Release 265

Spring Frolic and Parade of Soldiers planned May 15 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site

Volume 38-265 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst
573-751- 6510

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., MAY 3, 2010 -- Discover two different sides of 19th century life at the Spring Frolic and Parade of Soldiers Saturday, May 15 at Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. Visitors can enjoy the pleasant side of frontier life and see the military side of the American West at the event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, the event is free and open to the public.

The Spring Frolic is a re-creation of a 19th century Ozarks festival featuring activities that were common on the Missouri frontier of the 1850s. Attendees can take part in many of the games and pastimes, such as pitching horseshoes, playing, checkers and fishing, that would have been familiar to the Boone family and their neighbors.  A 19th century “base” game, an early form of baseball, will be played at 10:30 a.m. and at 3 p.m.  Visitors are invited to join in the game. A special attraction during the morning’s game will be Louie, the Springfield Cardinals’ mascot, who will be on site from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to cheer on the teams. Other early recreational activities will be taking place throughout the day. The Camp Followers band will perform 19th century music at the Boone house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

May 15 is Armed Forces Day, a holiday to honor Americans serving in the armed forces.  Like the soldiers and sailors of today, Nathan Boone lived a life of service to his country.  While his family was living their lives of peace and prosperity in the Ash Grove community in Greene County, Boone was busy defending America’s frontier and exploring the American West as an officer in the United States Army.  Boone, who was born during American Revolution, had a long military career lasting from the War of 1812 through the War with Mexico.  Lt. Col. Nathan Boone’s contribution to the U.S. Army is recognized by his membership in the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College’s Hall of Fame.  In the Parade of the Soldiers, re-enactors will portray soldiers from America’s military history and discuss how Nathan Boone contributed to the early army and its traditions.  The program will recognize how the U.S. military protected the country and the freedoms people enjoyed during the 19th century and will recognize how the military still protects the freedoms for Americans today.

Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on State Highway V.  The site includes Missouri frontiersman Nathan Boone’s hewn log home, 400 acres of scenic Ozarks farmland and Boone’s last resting place. 

For more information, call 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