Rural Life Alive!

Program Dates and Activities

Wednesdays and Fridays in October and November 2020
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. each day

Get out in the fresh fall air and experience the ways of the distant past with "Rural Life Alive!"  Each day different interpretive artisans will demonstrate our Louisiana ancestors' crafts.  This is a low-tech outdoor activity for days when online school is not in session.

Regular admission prices will be charged.

Date Activity Description
Wednesday, October 7 Blacksmithing
Quill Pens
Two demonstrations: the blacksmith will light the fire in the forge to demonstrate how various farm implements were made in the 19th century.  And, another artisan will demonstrate how to make and use quill pens from bird feathers.
Friday, October 9 Candle Making A demonstration on how to make molded beeswax candles.
Wednesday, October 14 Hunting and Trapping
Tatting
Two demonstrations: hunting and trapping was a way of life and survival.  Learn how our ancestors hunted and trapped animals in the 19th century.  Also, another artisan will demonstrate tatting, which is the art of making lace.  
Friday, October 16 Butter Churning  A demonstration on how to make butter.
Wednesday, October 21 Corn Shelling and Grinding A demonstration on how to shell and grind dried corn cobs into grain.
Friday, October 23 Soap Making
Rag Rugs
Two demonstrations: a demonstration on how to make home-made soap, and another demonstration on how to make rugs from fabric scraps.
Wednesday, October 28 Smokehouse A demonstration and talk on how meat was preserved and smoked.  We will light the fire in the smokehouse.
Friday, October 30 Fishing A demonstration on different fishing implements and techniques from the 19th century.
Wednesday, November 4 Blacksmithing
Candle Making
Two demonstrations: the blacksmith will light the fire in the forge to demonstrate how various farm implements were made in the 19th century. And, a demonstration on how to make molded beeswax candles.
Friday, November 6 Quill Pens
Corn Husk Dolls
Two demonstrations: an artisans will show how make and use quill pens made from bird feathers.  And, another artisan will demonstrate how to make dolls from dried corn husks.
Wednesday, November 11 Soap Making
Woodworking
Two demonstrations: a demonstration on how to make home-made soap.  And, another artisan will demonstrate wood carving.
Friday, November 13 Corn Shelling and Grinding A demonstration on how to shell and grind dried corn cobs into grain.
Wednesday, November 18 Butter Churning A demonstration on how to make butter.
Friday, November 20 Fishing
Hunting and Trapping
Two demonstrations: hunting and fishing were a way of life and survival in the 19th century.  One artisan will demonstrate how our ancestors hunted and trapped animals for food, and another artisan will demonstrate different fishing techniques and implements used during the 19th century.

 

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Man writing with quill pen

View inside Smokehouse

Woodworking demonstration

Lady hold soap bar.