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Boone Homestead Presents Frontier Life of Hunters, Homemakers

This Saturday, Ozarks residents will have the chance to experience what it would be like to creep through the woods as a hunter in the mid-1800s, or to hold down a frontier home while the man of the house was away for weeks at a time. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources is presenting free living history programs called “The Hunt” and “The Home” at the Nathan Boone Homestead State Historic Site near Ash Grove. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore has details.

Five years before Lewis and Clark went West, Nathan Boone did some trailblazing of his own from his home in Greene County into what is today the state of Kansas to hunt and trap wild animals. He was the son of the legendary hunter Daniel Boone.

David Roggensees, who works at the Nathan Boone Homestead Site, says this weekend, volunteers will take visitors back in time by talking about the tools and practices of hunting in the pioneer days.

Roggensees says the living history presentations will be two-fold: one focusing on the hunter, and the other on the homemaker.

Women will demonstrate the skills Boone’s wife, Olive, would have needed to care for the home and family while he was gone.

The programs will take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and are free and open to the public. The Nathan Boone Homestead is located 1.5 miles north of Ash Grove on Highway V. For more information, call the historic site at 417-751-3266 or the Department of Natural Resources at 1-800-334-6946 (voice) or 1-800-397-2419 (telecommunications device for the hearing impaired). More information on state historic sites can be found by clicking here.

For KSMU News, I’m Jennifer Moore.