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Westward Ho!


History enthusiasts will bring the 1900s to life during “Journey West” at the Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center.

The Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center hosts “Journey West,” an interactive, first-person, family-friendly event on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Visitors are encouraged to step back in time to the 19th century and assume the role of someone traveling West from Missouri, or someone settling on the Missouri Frontier.

Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors (55 and older), and $6 for children (ages 4-11).

Visitors can make their way through the village, negotiating for goods, trading livestock, purchasing material, and discussing the voyage ahead – just as people did in the past.

The site’s historic pioneer village will be transformed into a living history town with men and women preparing for travel. Visitors can explore the many historic buildings that encompass the village at the Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center. Guests to the event will also be able to see the Historic Daniel Boone Home, meet the Boone family and glimpse at what life in the home was really like. The day also includes Tomahawk throwing, live “period-accurate” auctions, a land surveying program, and food available for purchase.

Angela da Silva, cultural preservationist and performer of “Lila: The Life of a Missouri Slave” will perform in the Old Peace Chapel throughout the day. Angela da Silva portrays Lila and brings her forward to tell her story and to give voice to slave women whom time and memory have forgotten. “Lila” has performed for events large and small all over the country.

Located at 1868 Highway F in Defiance, Missouri, the Daniel Boone Home is the house in which the legendary explorer and frontiersman, Daniel Boone, spent his final years. The four-story Georgian-style home was built overlooking the Femme Osage Valley. The adjoining village contains over a dozen 19th century building that have been moved from the surrounding area and are used to represent town life on the frontier. Lindenwood University uses the site to educate both visitors and students about the importance of Daniel Boone, his family, and the time period in which he lived.

For additional information contact Patricia Fulhorst at pfulhorst@lindenwood.edu or visit our website at www.danielboonehome.com.

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