The third annual Day on the Prairie at the Prairie Village will be held at the Cedar County Historical Society (CCHS), Tipton, on September 14, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s event continues to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and opening of the Tin Shop and Cook's Hardware/General Store in the Historical Society’s newest building. The CCHS In collaboration again this year with the Old Capitol Museum, Iowa City, Ushers Ferry, Cedar Rapids, and local experts on prairie preservation and historical activities, the Day on the Prairie will feature demonstrations and activities from the Civil War era for the whole family! The event is free and open to the public.
Participants will be able to try their hand at a variety of games that were popular during the Civil War, make a soldier's checkerboard, make hand–made paper and ink, try their hand at rope making and butter making and more! Area experts from the community will also be conducting demonstrations that will feature long–lost arts such as weaving with Diane Fleschin, Tipton, and Bill Muhs, Lowden, will be offering his expert advice for those who wish to learn more about prairie plants and their importance to the pioneer. Kurtis and Sharon Voparil will be demonstrating how rope was made in the mid–1800s. Kurtis and Sharon are from Solon, Iowa.
A tasting of Civil War era foods will be available for purchase and taste testing including hardtack, a common soldiers stew, and lemonade. Soap making will be demonstrated by Jeanne’s Soaps of Marion, Iowa, and handmade soap will be available for visitors to buy. A farmers market will also be on hand with fresh produce. Civil war music will also be performed in various locations.
Additional activities and historical demonstrations such as oat threshing will be led by volunteers from the Cedar County Historical Society, docents from the Old Capitol Museum, students from the University of Iowa Introduction to Museum Studies course, and several additional members of the local community. The Johnson County Historical Society, Coralville, will be providing authentic games and an opportunity for participants to try their hand at washing clothes the old fashioned way.
School children from the community will be able to participate in an authentic spelling bee that will be held in the South Bethel Church at 10:30 a.m. The spelling bee is open to Cedar County students 5th grade thru 8th grade. You are required to register with your teacher to participate.
The Cedar County Historical Society's quilt collection will be on display inside the museum along with the Society's Cedar County Native American artifact collection.
For more information about the Old Capitol Museum and the exhibit, visit www.uiowa.edu/oldcap.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa–sponsored events. If you are a person who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact the Old Capitol Museum in advance at (319) 335–0548.