EXPLORING HISTORY and AMERICAN FRONTIER CULTURES OF THE 18TH CENTURY
Our 2017 Activities
2017 Trails Inc. Living History Schedule of Events:
If you see a series of question marks on the schedule, that means that the dates, times, or places are not yet certain. Check this website upon occasion to see updates. Also, if you have further questions on any of these scheduled items, contact the numbers or websites given with each item.
Our regional history from the protohistoric period up to the Civil War era is vastly more interesting than most folks realize. There are many lessons to be learned from the daily lives of the people whose diverse cultures so heavily influenced modern southern Appalachian culture. Our popular Tracking and 18th Century Woodslore weekend (T&W) is happening at Twin Falls State Park again this year. Twin Falls, in Wyoming County WV, always serves as an excellent backdrop for this program midwinter. Students enrolled in the WV Master Naturalist certification program can receive up to 10 hours class credits in three class subjects if they attend the whole weekend workshop (4 hrs. Tracking, 3 hrs. Medicinal/Edible/Useful Plants, and 3 hrs. Nature In Winter).
Stay connected to history through living history events! ---Doug Wood.
2016 For details of the Ostenaco and Gabriel Arthur presentations see the webpage tab for History Alive!
-Jan. 13-15 – Tracking & Woodslore Weekend at Twin Falls State Park, WV. http://www.twinfallsresort.com/Lore.pdf This is an inexpensive three-night stay at a wonderful resort state park with more tracking walks and interpretive programs added than in previous years. Pre-registration required. Contact Cody Cochran at 1-304-294-4000 or firstname.lastname@example.org
-Feb. 12, 2pm – St. Albans, WV at the William P. Burdette Memorial Building at 404, 4th Ave. Doug will make a presentation on local historic trails and travel corridors.
-Mar. 30 – 6pm, Special natural history/cultural history presentation including History Alive! Ostenaco at the annual workshop of the Association of Mid-Atlantic Aquatic Biologists, held at Cacapon State Park, WV. http://amaab.org/agenda.html
-Apr. 8, Dianne & Doug will help with the St. Albans, WV City Park annual Walk on the Wild Side. Open to public.
-Apr. 21-23, Doug will make presentations at the Watoga State Park WV Wild Edible Festival & Earth Day, sponsored by the Pocahontas Nature Club. For details and preregistration, call 304-799-4087. http://www.watoga.com/special.html
-Apr. 27, Doug will make a presentation about 18th C Eastern Woodland Indian cultures at the Elliott Co., KY annual Conservation Field Day at the Sandy Hook Natural Resources Conservation Service Center.
-May 12, 8:30-2:30, Doug will be performing History Alive! Ostenaco and Gabriel Arthur at the Buffalo Heritage Days in Putnam Co. WV.
-May 12-14 – at 4-H Camp Ceaser during the Webster County Nature Tours, Doug and Dianne will help lead hikes and make presentations. Check the web for updates on the agenda. On Friday, May 12 at 7pm Doug will perform History Alive! Gabriel Arthur.
-May 27, 1pm, Doug will present History Alive! Ostenaco at Lost River Artisans Cooperative and Museum. Watch the website for details: http://www.lostrivercrafts.com/Current-Classes
-June 2, at Kanawha State Forest Doug will assist with Hurricane Middle School's outdoor education day in the Forest.
-June 15, 6-8pm, at the WV Cultural Center Archives Library Doug will make a powerpoint presentation about Gabriel Arthur's 1674 journey through southern WV.
-June 24-25, at Fort Necessity National Battlefield Doug and Dianne will participate in The Surrender of Half King's Fort historical interpretation. Watch the webpage as it gets built: https://www.nps.gov/fone/planyourvisit/calendar.htm
-July 8, 7pm at Beech Fork State Park Activity Center Doug will perform History Alive! Gabriel Arthur. Nice weather may move the performance to the campfire circle.
-July 12, 9:45pm at St. Marks Episcopal Church in St. Albans, WV, Dougwill perform History Alive! Gabriel Arthur, as part of the Church's History Wednesday summer program.
-July 22, 7pm, at Beech Fork State Park Activity Center Doug will perform History Alive! Ostenaco. Nice weather may move the performance to the campfire circle.
-July 23, 2pm, at Beckley's Wildwood Mansion of the Raleigh Co. Historical Society, Doug will perform History Alive! Gabriel Arthur.
-July 25, 7:30pm, at Boy Scout Camp Mahonegon Doug will perform History Alive! Ostenaco for the registered scout campers.
-July 26-30, Doug and Dianne will assist with historical interpretation during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves State Park, KY: http://parks.ky.gov/calendar/details/pioneer-life-week/18622/
-Sep. 6-10 – Indian Summer Living History at Wolfpen Woods Pioneer Village, near Rush, KY. Open to the public. http://www.wolfpenwoods.com/ -Sep. 15, evening – Doug will perform a first person characterization of Euell Gibbons during the Nature Wonder Weekend at North Bend State Park near Cairo WV. http://www.wvdnr.gov/Nature_Brochure.pdf
-Sep. 19 - 6pm, Doug will lead a Master Naturalist class for the New River Chapter of the WV Master Naturalists; Habitat Restoration (3 hours).
-September 23-24, at the Greene Co. PA Museum, during a special event of the Greene Co. PA Historical Society, Doug and Dianne will portray prehistoric American Indians of the region. Other interpreters will portray equally interesting aspects of American Indian History. Interpreters are members of the Indigenous Peoples Liberation Front. Watch the events website as it gets built: https://www.facebook.com/Greene-County-Historical-Society-215915958558/events/?ref=page_internal
-Sep. 30 - Doug will lead a hike on the Kanawha State Forest portion of the Mary Ingles Trail in conjunction with the Mary Ingles Trail Blazers chapter of the WV Scenic Trails Association, Kanawha Trail Club, and the WV Highlands Conservancy to commemorate the 75th birthday of the KTC and the 50th birthday of the WVHC.
-October 7, 8pm, at Blackjack School campsite during the 55th anniversary Kanawha Trace Celebratory hike near Barboursville, WV, Doug and Dianne will interpret American Indian history of the region. Doug will perform History Alive! Ostenaco. Watch the website for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/128676564290710/
-Oct. 13-15, – Living History Interpretive Event at Mason-Dixon Historical Park in Monongalia Co., WV and Greene Co., PA during the 250th anniversary of completion of the survey.Open to public.Watch for more details at: http://md250.exploretheline.com/
-Nov. 21, at Edgewood Summit, Charleston, WV, Doug will present Gabriel Arthur History Alive!. You must be a resident of the facility to attend.
-Nov. 25, Doug will make a presentation on Gabriel Arthur at the WV Archaeological Society meeting in South Charleston, WV. Exact time and place TBA.
GLIMPSE OF EVENTS COMING IN 2018:
-April 29-May4, Doug will assist with the Road Scholar program at Lake Cumberland State Park in KY.
-May 15, Doug will make a presentation on Mary Ingles at the Fincastle Resolutions Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution in Roanoke, VA.
-June 2, Doug will make a presentation about the early regional skin trade at the Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
-June 16, Doug will present the WVHC History Alive! presentation of Ostenaco at Fort Edwards in Capon Bridge, WV.
-Oct. 20-21, American Indian interpretation event at Pricketts Fort State Park, WV.
-Nov. 3-4, Wayne's Legion 18thC event at Washington, PA.