Sunday, October 22, 2017




Macoupin County Historical Society

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The Macoupin County Historical Society will host its 22nd Hammer-In on Saturday, November 4, at the Village Blacksmith shop in Carlinville. Craig Camerer of Chesterfield, Illinois will be the demonstrator. Craig, a winner of the “Forged in Fire” TV show (Season 2, Episode 1), will talk about the show and demonstrate the making of custom knives. The demonstration will run from 9 a.m. until noon.

“Visions and Decisions: Early Statehood of Illinois”

Cosponsored by the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County and the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Interpretive Center

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What was it that pushed and pulled young men from established eastern settlements into an unfolding frontier along the largely uncharted Mississippi River? And how would the free-people ideal set down by Virginia slave owner Thomas Jefferson in his Northwest Ordinance of 1787 build a republic in a territory already yielding to slavery? And with two thirds of the population in the territory wanting slavery, how would the new state of Illinois keep it out? Why would pioneers risk everything to venture into a rough-hewn Illinois Territory in the years before it sought admission to the United States in 1818. Nothing would be easy. 

Three local historians will examine these questions during a program entitled “Visions and Decisions: Early Statehood of Illinois.”  

Frenchman’s Frolic Rendezvous

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The Frenchman’s Frolic Rendezvous is a pre-1840 frontier rendezvous of fur trappers, traders, voyageurs and Native Americans. Experience black powder shooting matches, primitive bows, tomahawk and musket traders, a skillet throw, food vendors, wood smoke, tall tales, and more.  Seminars and workshops will be available for reenactors. The public is welcome to observe and talk with participating reenactors. 

This event is free and open to the public. 

Saturday, October 21, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Sunday, October 22, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Macktown Forest Preserve
2221 Freeport Road(Hwy 75)
Rockton, IL (Map

For more information contact:, Attn: Mike Bost.

Camp Dubois Rendezvous

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The Camp Dubois Rendezvous celebrates the pre-1840s fur trade era with reenactors camping at a replica of Lewis and Clark's 1803-1804 winter encampment in tepees and period tents. Activities include tomahawk and knife throwing competitions, black powder and archery contests, and other period demonstrations, food, crafts, and live entertainment.

Saturday, October 28, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, October 29, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

Camp Dubois
Route 143 and Route 3
Wood River, IL (Map

This event is free and open to the public. For more information call 314-223-2621.

Fort de Chartres Winter Rendezvous & Woodswalk

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Rendezvous is a re-creation of the traditional French fur trapper's holiday of the eighteenth century. Soldiers, trappers, traders, and Native Americans (as portrayed by historic reenactors) will gather at the rendezvous. They’ll trade goods, buy supplies, and some will take part in a shooting contest that requires them to walk through the woods and fire flintlocks at pop-up targets. Artisans, food vendors, and entertainers also will be present to celebrate eighteenth century life in the shadows of the great fortress known as Fort de Chartres.

The rendezvous is fun both for the participants demonstrating frontier life from 1700 to 1820 and for visitors spending an autumn day wandering among the tents, campfires and the historic French colonial fort. 

November 4, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 
November 5, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Fort de Chartres
1350 IL Route 155
Prairie du Rocher, Illinois 62277 (Map

The event is open and free to the general public. 

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