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  • 03/19/2016 Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site

    Frontier Skills Day

    Frontier Skills Day March 19, 2016 will provide adults an opportunity to experience fur trade frontier life of the 1830s and 1840s.  The program will emphasize the historic value of Bent's Old Fort, as well as the cultural relationships and the type of work performed in frontier Western America. 


    The instructional program will be a "hands-on" living history experience.  Character roles will include laborer, trader/clerk, blacksmith, soldier, hunter, domestic and carpenter.   Living history volunteers and park staff will instruct in the lifestyle and duties of each role.   


         ·         Trader - management of trade operations, peace treaties, Indian  sign  

               language, fort supervision       

    ·          Domestic - Laborer - frontier cooking, garment making, candle making, food preservation, domestic chores         

    ·         Carpenter - 19th century hand tool use, method and care; construction of period pieces      

    ·         Blacksmith - forge, hammering, welding, and shaping techniques, actual period piece construction

    ·         Soldier - camp and trail life, drills, military horse equipage and use, day in the life of a soldier   

    ·         Hunter - Trapper - camp set-up, horse packing, animal tracking, trapping, survival techniques         

        Space is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  Call (719) 383-5026 for information and application.  Registration opens on January 2, 2016.  

    Location: Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site Fee Information: Pre-registered participants fee $20.00. Visitors observing have regular living history fee of $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for 6-12 year ols and free for anyon under 6. Contact Name: Greg Holt Contact Email: greg_holt@nps.gov Contact Phone Number: 719-383-5023

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