Blasts From The Past

Blasts From The Past

History and ethnic heritage come alive at festivals, museums across the country. Plan a trip into the past with sampling of 115 living history events and re-enactments and special our state-by-state destinations.

 
Editor’s note: The dates listed in this article are from 2001. While many of these festivals and events continue, dates have changed. Please use the accompanying Web site for the most up-to-date information on the event.
 
Fair weather and spring fever may bring thoughts of pausing your family history research and taking, that well-deserved vacation. But what if your destination happened to include a Civil War re-enactment or a heritage parade? Every state has fun, educational living history events where you can temporarily leave behind squinting at microfilm or genealogy Web sites and step back into the past as your ancestors lived it.
Here we sample 115 of the best history and heritage-flavored events and destinations across the United States and Canada through the end of the year. Of course, you can find thousands more worth a visit, as well as more detailed information, by contacting city or state tourism bureaus. Every state offers free maps and vacation guides online and in print; check the Web sites listed here far each state, and also see <www.towd.com> far links to local and foreign tourism sites.
 

Alabama

<www.touralabama.org>

BAYOU LA BATHE

Blessing of the Shrimp Fleet

MAY 6

Got a precursor to Forrest Gump in your family? Get a taste of seafaring history with the annual parade of shrimp boats and traditional blessing of the fleet. (334) 824-2415

<www.fleetblessing.org>

DAUPHIN ISLAND

15th Annual Thunder on the Bay

MAY 11-13

Reenactors of the 6th Alabama Cavalry bring the siege of Fort Gaines and the struggle for Mobile to life. (334) 861-6992

 

Alaska

<www.dced.state.ak.us/tourism/>

FAIRBANKS

Golden Days

JULY 12-22

This festival commemorates the start of the Gold Rush on July 22, 1902, including a “Felix Pedro look-alike contest” in honor of the Italian immigrant who first found Alaskan gold. (907) 452-1105

fairbanks-alaska.com/golden-days.htm>

Alaska Day

OCT. 14-18

Go back to 1867, the year the United States bought Alaska from Russia, with a re-enactment transfer ceremony, period costume ball and parade. (907) 747-3512

 

Arizona

<www.arizonatourism.com>

LAKE HAVASU CITY

London Bridge Days

OCT. 22-28

Celebration of all things English in the town with the reconstructed 1831 London Bridge, brought over in 1971. Activities take place in a replica English village. (520) 453-3444

<www.arizonaguide.com/cities/lakehavasu/london.html>

TEMPE

29th Annual Way Out West

Oktoberfest

OCT. 5-7

Serving up polka, bratwurst and beer with a little salsa on the side — a salute to Tempe’s sister city of Regensburg, Germany. (480)350-8181

 

Arkansas

<www.arkansas.com>

LITTLE ROCK

Historic Arkansas Museum

GRAND OPENING APRIL 28

In this re-created neighborhood, costumed actors portray 1800s Arkansas frontier life. (501) 324-9351

<www.arkansashistory.com>

HELENA

King Biscuit Blues Festival

OCT. 4-6

Experience the Delta Blues at the source — the 1940s “King Biscuit Time” radio show.

 

California

<gocalif.ca.gov>

LEBEC

Civil War Battle Re-Enactments

MAY 20, JUNE 17, JULY 15, AUG. 19, SEPT. 16, OCT. 21

Re-enactments and living history at Fort Tejon State Historical Park. (661) 248-6692

<www.forttejon.org>

SANTA BARBARA

Madonnari Italian Street Painting

Festival

MAY 26-28

Italian street art (chalk paintings) graces the pavement, courtesy of local artists. With live music and an Italian market.

<www.rain.org/~imadonna>

Old Spanish Days

AUG. 1-5

This Spanish and Mexican heritage festival has been celebrated since 1924. (805) 962-8101 <www.oldspanishdaysfiesta.org>

LOS ANGELES

Nisei Week

AUG. 4-12

This Little Tokyo festival, one of the oldest Japanese-American events, features a Nisei reunion and cultural activities. (213) 687-7193

<www.niseiweek.org>

SAN DIEGO

Cabrillo Festival

SEPT. 23-30

Enjoy a weeklong festival and re-enactment of the 1542 discovery of San Diego Bay by Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. (619) 232-3101

 

Colorado

<www.colorado.com>

COLORADO SPRINGS

Indian-Spanish Market

JUNE 22-24

Native American and Hispanic artists show and sell their work, along with entertainment, demonstrations, and native and ethnic foods. (719) 634-5581

<www.csfineartscenter.org>

DURANCO

Durango Cowboy Gathering

OCT. 4-7

From poetry to rodeo, a celebration of cowboy culture. (970) 259-2165
 

Connecticut

<www.tourism.state.ct.us>

RIDGEFIELD

Keeler Tavern Museum

THROUGH DECEMBER, TOURS WEDNESDAY, SATURDAY, SUNDAY

Costumed guides lead tours. See the British cannonball embedded in the building’s exterior from a 1777 battle. (203) 438-5485

MYSTIC

Antique and Classic Boat Rendezvous

JULY 28-29

Witness a parade of pre-1950s wooden yachts; most date from the ‘ 20s and ‘ 40s, some back to the 1890s. (860) 572-5315

 

Delaware

<www.visitdelaware.net.>

WILMINGTON

Civil War Weekend

MAY 26-27

Participate in battle reenactments and other Civil War activities. (302) 577-3534

DOVER

Positively Dover

JUNE 23

This African-American festival on the Legislative Mall features food and activities for the entire family. (302) 736-0101
 

District of Columbia

<www.washington.org>

Festival of American Folklife

JUNE 27-JULY 8 (CLOSED JULY 2-3)

This year’s huge multicultural fest on the National Mall will spotlight Bermuda and New York City. (202)275-1150

 

Florida

<www.flausa.com>

JACKSONVILLE

Kuumba Festival

MAY 26-27

African culture festival features a parade, art exhibits, music, performances and food. This year’s fest explores the African-American/Native American relationship and the Buffalo Soldiers. (904) 353-2270

PENSACOLA

Fiesta of Five Flags Celebrations

MAY 31-JUNE 10

One of the state’s oldest and largest festivals honors Spanish Conquistador Don Tristan de Luna, who founded Pensacola in 1559. (800) 874-1234

 

Georgia

<www.georgia.org/tourism>

LUMPKIN

Fair of 1850 at Westville

OCT. 11-Nov. 11

Learn about pre-industrial Southern life at this living history museum. (888) 733-1850

<www.westville.org>

ROME

Heritage Holidays

OCT. 17-21

Five-day celebration features historic tours and family fun. (800) 444-1834

 

Hawaii

Aloha Week Festivals

SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER

The Hawaiian cultural festival starts at Honolulu, and each island takes one week thereafter.

 

Idaho

<www.visitid.org>

BOISE

Museum Comes to Life at the Idaho

Historical Museum

SEPT. 29

This family event takes visitors back to pioneer days. (208) 334-2120
 

Illinois

<www.enjoyillinois.com>

FULTON

Dutch Days

MAY 4-5

Dance in wooden shoes, lend a hand with street scrubbing and sample Dutch cuisine. (815) 589-2691

ST. CHARLES

Flavors of Greece

MAY 25-27

Greek food, dancing, music and crafts, at Kane County Fairgrounds. (630) 851-6106
 

Indiana

<www.enjoyindiana.com>

FORT WAYNE

Johnny Appleseed Festival

SEPT. 15-16

Celebrate the early 1800s, when John Chapman (“Johnny Appleseed”) roamed the frontier planting apple orchards, at the park where his grave is located. (219) 471-8941

<www.johnnyappleseedfest.com>

WEST LAFAYETTE

Feast of the Hunters’ Moon

OCT. 13-14

Relive the 18th-century gatherings by Native Americans and French settlers at Fort Ouiatenon, a fur-trading outpost. See the nearby Tippecanoe Battleground, too.

 

Iowa

<www.traveliowa.com>

PELLA

Pella Tulip Time Festival

MAY 10-12

Experience this authentic Dutch celebration in a town blooming with tradition. (641) 628-4311

<www.pellatuliptime.com>

DECORAH

Nordic Fest

JULY 26-28

Celebrate Norwegian pride with an elvelopet race, parades and a lute-fisk-eating contest. (800) 382-FEST

 

Kansas

<www.kansas-travel.com>

KANSAS CITY

Strawberry Hill Museum and Cultural Center

YEAR-ROUND, SATURDAY AND SUNDAY 12-5 P.M.

Visit this 1887 mansion and Eastern European ethnic museum. (913) 371-3264

<kckansas.com/kckstrawberryhill.htm>

LARNED

Santa Fe Trail Center

YEAR-ROUND, CLOSED MONDAYS LABOR DAY-MEMORIAL DAY

The museum and surrounding historic attractions include Fort Larned and Sibley’s Camp. (620) 285-2054

<www.larned.net/trailctr/>

Kentucky

<www.kentuckytourism.com>

HARRODSBURC

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

YEAR-ROUND

Peruse Shaker crafts and artisan demonstrations and tour historic buildings. (800) 734-5611

<www.shakervillageky.org>

ELIZABETHTOWN

(and nearby along I-65)

Historic Walking Tour

JUNE-SEPTEMBER, THURSDAYS AT 7 P.M.

This living history town, north of Lincoln’s Boyhood Home and the Lincoln Museum on I-65, features a walking tour led by “General Custer” and “Carrie Nation.” (800) 437-0092

 

Louisiana

<www.louisianatravel.com>

KAPLAN

Bastille Day

JULY 14

The oldest (1906) US celebration of Bastille Day features French cuisine and festivities. (800) 334-8626

NATCHITOCHES

Pilgrimage of Historic Homes and Plantations

OCT. 13-14

Tour French, Spanish and Creole houses and plantations, including the home of author Kate Chopin, in the oldest settlement in the Louisiana Purchase Territory. (800) 259-1714

 

Maine

<www.mainetourism.com>

LlVERMORE

Norlands Strawberry Festival

JUNE 23

Eat strawberry shortcake, hear Native American storytelling and see Norlands Living History Center’s historic buildings. Daily tours June 30-Labor Day. (207) 897-4366

<www.norlands.org>

MILLINOCKET

Wooden Canoe Festival

AUG. 17-19

Celebrating the history of canoe making.

 

Maryland

<www.mdisfun.org>

CHESTERTOWN

Chestertown Tea Party Festival

MAY 26

Tea (and sometimes crew members) gets thrown into the Chester River by costumed colonists.(410) 778-0416

<www.chestertown.com/events/teaparty/>

BALTIMORE

Star-Spangled Banner Weekend

SEPT. 8-9

Participate in a mock bombardment of Fort McHenry, former home of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” then stay to celebrate Defenders’ Day on Sept. 12.

 

Massachusetts

<www.mass-vacation.com>

PLYMOUTH

Plimoth Plantation

YEAR-ROUND

Ancestors come over on the Mayflower? This museum and village re-create the Pilgrims’ life with costumed interpreters. (508) 746-1622

<www.plimoth.org>

BOSTON

Paul Revere Tonight

JULY-OCT., THURSDAY AND FRIDAY NIGHTS

“Paul Revere” recounts his Revolutionary War role at the Old North Church. (617) 523-6676

<www.oldnorth.com/prto.htm>

Michigan

<www.michigan.org>

FRANKENMUTH

Bavarian Festival

JUNE 7-10

Costumes, maypole, polka and more at this German heritage fest. (517) 652-8155

<www.bavarianinn.com/festival.html>

MACKINAC ISLAND

Lilac Festival

JUNE 8-17

Victorian-era community hosts several events when the trees bloom. Cars have never been allowed here, so there’s a horse-drawn parade. (800) 4-LILACS

 

Minnesota

 
ST. PAUL

Festival of Nations

MAY 3-6

Largest multi-cultural expo in Minnesota showcases St. Paul’s ethnic diversity. (651) 647-0191

<www.iimn.org/festnations/>

Scottish Country Fair

MAY 5

Macalester College hosts a day of kilts and Scottish heritage, including the nation’s largest Highland Games. (651) 696-6239

 

Mississippi

<www.visitmississippi.org>

BILOXI

Jefferson Davis’ Birthday Celebration

JUNE 3

Celebrate your Dixie roots at this period celebration with character actors and cake at Beauvoir, the Jefferson Davis home and presidential library. (800)570-3818

<www.beauvoir.org>

 

Missouri

<www.missouritourism.org>

HERMANN

Maifest

MAY 19-20

German folklore, songs, music and food greet the blossoming of spring in this historic town. (800) 932-8687 <www.hermannmo.com/tourism>

SAINT CHARLES

Lewis & Clark Heritage Days

MAY 19-20

Authentic re-enactment of the Lewis & Clark encampment in 1804, where the exploration of the Louisiana Purchase started. (800) 366-2427

 

Montana

<visitmt.com>

GREAT FALLS

Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Interpretive Center

YEAR-ROUND; CLOSED MONDAY AFTER OCT. 1

Take a guided tour or explore as they did — on your own. (406) 727-8733 <www.fs.fed.us/n/lewisclark/lcic.htm>

VIRGINIA CITY AND NEVADA CITY

Summer Theater

MAY-SEPTEMBER

The Virginia City Players act out a 19th-century mining melodrama nightly. Also find gold panning and period buildings at these sites, between Butte and Yellowstone. (800) 829-2969

 

Nebraska

<www.visitnebraska.org>

NORTH PLATTE NEBRASKAland DAYS

JUNE 8-19

Celebrate Nebraska’s western heritage with events including the “Frontier Revue,” which showcases the West in song and dance.

<www.nebraskalanddays.com>

WlLBER

National Czech Festival

AUG. 3-5

This festival celebrates the contributions of Czech immigrants and Czech culture with polka, costumes, food and a gathering of relatives of the town founder, Professor C.D. Wilber. (888) 4-WILBER

 

Nevada

<travelnevada.com>

ELKO

National Basque Festival

JULY 6-8

Log-tossing, merriment and plenty of Basque food. (775) 738-3295

 

New Hampshire

<www.visitnh.gov>

PORTSMOUTH

Portsmouth Harbour Trail

JULY-OCTOBER, THURSDAY-MONDAY 10:30 A.M. AND 5:30 P.M. (1:30 P.M. ON SUNDAYS) Take a guided walking or bus tour through the 378-year-old town. (603) 436-3988

<www.seacoastnh.com/harbourtrail/>

CANTERBURY

Mother Ann Day

AUGUST 5

Canterbury Shaker Village marks a traditional holiday: the arrival of Ann Lee, the mother of American Shakerism. (603) 783-9511

 

New Jersey

<www.state.nj.us/travel/>

HOLMDEL

Polish Heritage Festival

JUNE 3

A large gathering featuring food, music, polka and all things Polish.

<www.polfest.com>

TlTUSVILLE

Washington’s Crossing of the Delaware

DEC. 25

Recapture your Revolutionary roots: Costumed actors re-enact the crossing, posing like the Emanuel Leutze painting, right down to the anachronistic 13-star flag. The state park here is also open year-round. (609) 737-0623

 

New Mexico

<www.newmexico.org>

SANTA FE

Museum of Indian Arts & Culture

YEAR-ROUND

Exhibits and events showcase the cultures of local Native American communities. (505) 827-6463

<www.miaclab.org>

Fiesta de Santa Fe

LABOR DAY WEEKEND

The fiesta dates to 1712, and commemorates the early history of Santa Fe. (505) 988-7575

<www.santafefiesta.org>

WATROUS

Cultural Encounters on the Santa Fe Trail

JULY 28-29

Performers, military reenactors and demonstrators re-create the Santa Fe Trail and Fort Union in the mid-1800s. (505) 425-8025

 

New York

<www.iloveny.com>

CAPE VINCENT

Cape Vincent French Festival

JULY 14-15

French food and a parade at the scenic spot where the St. Lawrence River meets Lake Ontario. (315) 654-2481

HEMPSTEAD

Long Island Carnival

SEPT. 8

Watch the parade and join in street activities that showcase Caribbean culture.

<www.longislandcarnival.com>

NEW YORK CITY

Pulaski Day

OCT. 7

More than 100,000 Polish-Americans march up Fifth Avenue. (201) 436-9800

 

North Carolina

<www.visitnc.com>

LINVILLE

Grandfather Mountain Highland Games and Gathering O’ Scottish Clans

JULY 12-15

Among the largest Scottish events in America. (828) 733-1333

<www.gmhg.org>

ASHEVILLE

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

AUG. 2-4

This folk and dance fest dates to 1928 and celebrates southern Appalachian culture. (888) 247-9811

 

North Dakota

 
DICKINSON

Ukrainian Festival

JULY 20-22

Features Ukrainian food, arts and crafts, music and the Stepovi Dity Ukrainian dancers. (701) 225-1286

MOUNTAIN

Icelandic August 2nd Celebration

AUG. 3-5

Celebrate Icelandic culture and heritage with food, music and cultural exchanges. (701) 993-8282

 

Ohio

<www.ohiotourism.com>

DUBLIN

Dublin Irish Festival

AUG. 3-5

Visit the genealogy exhibit and enjoy step-dance performances and concerts. (614) 410-4400

<www.dublinirishfestival.org>

CINCINNATI

Oktoberfest Zinzinnati

SEPT. 15-16

Have a beer and a brat at this downtown street festival — the nation’s largest Oktoberfest.

<www.oktoberfest-zinzinnati.com>

MlDDLETOWN

Middfest

OCT. 5-7

This international culture festival showcases a different nationality each year. (513) 425-7707

 

Oklahoma

<www.travelok.com>

LAWTON

Cow Culture Celebration

JUNE 9

Experience camp-wagon cooking with 1870s re-enactors and vendors, as well as cowboy music and poetry. (580) 581-3460

<www.museumgreatplains.org>

TAHLEQUAH

Cherokee National Holiday

AUG. 31-SEPT. 3

This event commemorates the signing of the 1839 Cherokee Constitution and the establishment of the Cherokee Nation. (918) 456-0671
 

Oregon

<www.traveloregon.com>

BAKER CITY

National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center

YEAR-ROUND

Exhibits and re-enactments portray life on the Oregon Trail. (See page 52.) (541) 523-1843

<www.or.blm.gov/nhotic>

JOSEPH

Chief Joseph Days

JULY 26-29

Enjoy a weekend of Native American-themed events honoring the great chief at the Wallowa County Museum. (800) 585-4121

 

Pennsylvania

<www.experiencepa.com>

GETTYSBURG

Gettysburg Civil War Heritage Days

JUNE 22-24 AND JUNE 28-JULY 8 The main events take place July 6-8, when Gettysburg holds a huge re-enactment of the historic Civil War battle. (717) 334-6274

<www.gettysburg.com>

SUMMIT STATION

Pennsylvania Dutch Folk Festival

JUNE 30-JULY 8

Celebrate with the Pennsylvania Dutch by sampling local food and crafts or watching an Amish wedding. (215) 679-9610

 

Rhode Island

<www.visitrhodeisland.com>

NEWPORT

Touro Synagogue

YEAR-ROUND

The oldest synagogue in the United States, built in 1763, offers tours to visitors. The active congregation also holds open services. (401) 847-4794

<www.tourosynagogue.org>

PROVIDENCE

Benefit Street

YEAR-ROUND

Experience the “Mile of History” and visit colonial homes. (800)233-1636

<www.providencecvb.com>

BRISTOL

216th Annual Bristol Civic, Military and Fireman’s Parade

JULY 4

The nation’s oldest Fourth of July parade, complete with costumes and floats. (401)245-0750
 

South Carolina

<www.travelsc.com>

COLUMBIA

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage

AUG. 17-18

Large celebration of African-American heritage with food, crafts and entertainment. (803) 252-7742

CHARLESTON

Plantation Days

SATURDAYS IN NOVEMBER

Low-country period crafts and other demonstrations take place in and around Middleton Place, a preserved 18th-century plantation. (800) 782-3608

 

South Dakota

<www.travelsd.com> Sioux FALLS

Nordland Fest

JUNE l6

Augustana College hosts a celebration of Norwegian heritage; come prepared to eat lutefisk (lye-cured cod). (605) 274-4613

<www.augie.edu>

CUSTER

Cold Discovery Days

JULY 26-29

This festival includes a carnival, arts and crafts show, parade and more. (605) 673-2244

GEDDES

Fur Trader Days and Antique Tractor Pull

AUG. 11-12

This celebration revolves around an 1857 log cabin located in a historic village with activities such as an 1880-era parade, black-powder demonstration, food, crafts, pedal pull, antique tractor pull, ranch rodeo, go-cart races and more. (605) 337-2501
 

Tennessee

 
CLARKSVILLE

Historic Collinsville

MAY 15-OCT. 15

This living history museum features restored log houses from 1830-1870 and tour guides in period costumes. (931) 648-9141

<www.historiccollinsville.com>

OAK RIDGE

Fabulous Forties Celebration

MAY 18-20

Relive the birth of the atomic era and remember your ancestors in the “greatest generation” at the A.K. Bissell Park and Civic Center. (865) 482-7821

<www.visit-or.org>;

<www.knoxville.org>

KNOXVILLE

Davy Crockett’s Birthday

AUG. 11

The East Tennessee Historical Society Museum celebrates the birthday of the area’s favorite son. Put on your coonskin cap and come visit the home of the “King of the Wild Frontier.” (865)215-8824

<www.east-tennessee-history.org>;

 

Texas

<www.traveltex.com>

SAN ANTONIO

Texas Folklife Festival

JUNE 7-10

After visiting the Alamo, check out this festival and museum dedicated to 27 ethnic and cultural groups that played roles in Texas history. Sponsored by the Institute of Texan Cultures, this is the 30th annual festival. (210) 458-2390

<www.texancultures.utsa.edu/new/tff/tff.htm>

CALDWELL

Kolache Festival

SEPT. 8

Celebrate Czech heritage with food, basket weaving, fine arts, crafts, music, dancing and genealogy. (979) 567-3218

 

Utah

<www.utah.com>

SALT LAKE CITY

Days of’ 47

JULY 24

This date commemorates the 1847 arrival of Mormon pioneers. Events feature a rodeo and parade, and pioneer activities are held in surrounding rural communities. (801) 560-0047

WELLSVILLE

Festival of the American West

JULY 27-AUG. 4

Events celebrate the late-1800s pioneer and Native American cultures. Sponsored by the American West Heritage Center. (800) 225-3378

 

Vermont

<www.1-800-vermont.com>

MIDDLEBURY

Vermont Folklife Center

YEAR-ROUND

Explore gallery exhibits of folk arts and the oral history and folklife archive. (802) 388-4964

<www.vermontfolklifecenter.org>

WOODSTOCK

Billings Farm & Museum

APRIL 28-OcT. 31, MAIN SEASON;

SELECTED WEEKENDS IN WINTER

Experience Vermont’s rural heritage and tour this historic and still-operational dairy farm. (802) 457-2355

 

Virginia

<www.virginia.org>

MANASSAS

Heritage Festival

MAY 18-20

The Prince William County Genealogical Society sponsors a weekend of African-American, Native American and 18th-century heritage, re-enactments, antique appraisals, Smithsonian seminars and more at the Ben Lomond Manor House and Antique Rose Garden. (888) 927-9247

<www.pwcgs.org>

APPOMATTOX

An Evening Stroll through

Old Appomattox

MEMORIAL DAY-LABOR DAY, FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENINGS

Join a living history interpreter on a walking tour of the area where the Civil War came to a close. (540) 992-1866

<www.appomattox.com/html/livinghistory.html>

NEWPORT NEWS

Children’s Civil War Camps and Miss Sallie’s Academy

FIVE FOUR-DAY CAMPS FROM JUNE-AUGUST

Send your boys and girls ages 8-12 back in time at Endview Plantation. (757) 887-1862

 

Washington

<www.tourism.wa.gov>

WENATCHEE

Gathering of Tribes

MAY 18-20

This Native American cultural heritage festival features music, dancing, drumming, arts and crafts, storytelling and kids’ activities. (509) 664-3340 or (509) 664-3345

<museum.wsd.wednet.edu>

SEATTLE

Bumbershoot

AUG. 31-SEPT. 3

This multicultural arts festival is the largest on the West Coast, featuring comedians, dancers, painters, poets, sculptors, acrobats, filmmakers, bookbinders, DJs, thespians and musicians of every genre.

 

West Virginia

<www.state.wv.us/tourism/>

SUMMERSVILLE

Civil War Weekend

SEPT. 8-9

Two-day program features re-enactors portraying 1861 camp life and, on Sunday, a re-enactment of the Battle of Carnifex Ferry. (304) 872-0825

<www.wvparks.com/carnifexferrybattlefield/>

WINFIELD

Mary Draper Ingles Living History Trail and Rendezvous

SEPT. 29-30

This event at the Weiford Settlement follows a portion of a noted pioneer woman’s 1755 journey to escape Shawnee captors. The weekend festival is preceded by a weeklong encampment of Shawnee and buckskinners in full 18th-century regalia. (304) 562-0518

<putnamcounty.org/tourism/events.html>

Wisconsin

<www.travelwisconsin.com>

EPHRAIM

Fyr Bal Fest

JUNE 15-17

Join in this celebration of Swedish and Norwegian heritage with traditional Scandinavian events. (920) 854-4989

<www.ephraim-doorcounty.com>

NEW GLARUS

Heidi Festival

JUNE 15-17

“America’s Little Switzerland” celebrates its heritage with food, street dancing and the 37th annual performance of Johanna Spyri’s play, “Heidi.” (800) 527-6838

 

Wyoming

<www.wyomingtourism.org>

CHEYENNE

Cheyenne Frontier Days

JULY 20-29

The festival attracts more than 300,000 to one of the largest rodeos and celebrations of frontier heritage. (800) 227-6336

<www.cfdrodeo.com>

And Don’t Miss…

• Amistad

The replica 19th-century “freedom schooner,” with educational exhibits, sails from port to port along the East Coast before returning to its home port in Mystic, Conn. (203) 499-3894

<www.amistadamerica.org>

• Civil War Discovery Trail

Features 500 sites in 28 states. For a calendar of Civil War re-enactments, see <www.civilwar.org/reenactments.htm>. (703) 682-2350 <www.civilwar.org/cwtsites.htm>
 
 
Toolkit

FIND IT ON THE WEB

These sites list more living history events and festivals:

• History Channel Traveler

<www.historytravel.com>

• Worldwide Holiday & Festival Site

<www.holidayfestival.com>

• Library of Congress Local Legacies Project

<www.loc.gov/bicentennial/legacies.html>

For links to history museums and historical societies worldwide, see <www.musee-online.org>.

ON THE BOOKSHELF

Holidays, Festivals and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, 2nd edition, edited by Helene Henderson and Sue Ellen Thompson (Omnigraphics)

Main Street Festivals: Traditional and Unique Events on America’s Main Streets by Amanda B. West (John Wiley & Sons)

 From the June 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine.
 
 
 
 

Up North

Canada has many historic festivals and attractions, and we couldn’t possibly list them all. Here’s a sampling, but you can find many more at provincial tourism bureaus and <www.travelcanada.ca>:

OTTAWA ONTARIO

Wind Odyssey: Sound and Light on Parliament Hill

MAY 16-SEPT. 3

New sound and light show takes you from coast to coast, tracing the growth of Canada. (800)465-1867 <www.capcan.ca/english/soundandlight/>

CHARLOTTETOWN, PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND

The Charlottetown Festival

MAY 30-OCT. 13

Includes “Anne of Green Gables — The Musical,” Canada’s longest running family musical. (800) 565-0278

<www.confederationcentre.com>

OTTAWA, ONTARIO

Canada Day

JULY 1

Hundreds of thousands gather in the capital area to celebrate the nation’s birthday. (800)465-1867

<www.capcan.ca/english/cday/>

CALGARY, ALBERTA

Calgary Stampede

JULY 6-15

More than a million people relive the Old West at this famous festival. This year marks the 80th running of the Rangeland Derby Chuckwagon The 1998 cast of “Anne of Green Gables — The Musical.”

Races. (800)661-1260

<www.discovercalgary.com/calgarystampede/>

DAUPHIN, MANITOBA

Canada’s National Ukrainian Festival

AUG. 3-5

Features music, dancing, cultural demonstrations, workshops and competitions, at the base of Riding Mountain National Park at Selo Ukraina. (204) 622-4600

<www.infoukes.com>

EDMONTON, ALBERTA

Edmonton Heritage Festival

AUG. 4-6

Billed as the world’s largest celebration of cultural diversity. (780) 488-3378

<www.heritagefestival.org>

DAWSON CITY, YUKON

Great Klondike International Outhouse Race

SEPT. 2

Get a taste of the lighter side of gold fever with this wacky race featuring festooned outhouses. (867) 993-5575

 From the June 2001 issue of Family Tree Magazine

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