|Come experience five centuries of Florida history on Saturday, March 29, 2014
at De Soto National Memorial. From 10:00 a.m. till 3:00p.m., period re-enactors will share history and demonstrate their crafts, skills, and weaponry. This timeline event features period re-enactors from the Spanish colonial, Florida’s Seminole wars, Civil War, World Wars and many others. The Florida Public Archaeology Network will be here displaying hands on public archaeology demonstrations suitable for all ages.
Experience History — Walk through time as you explore Pre-historic Florida with the Calusa, Tocobaga, and Timacua. Poke around a Civil War encampment or have coffee with dough boys and GI’s from the sunshine state who answered the call in WWI and WWII. Meet our own historic pirates and Rosie the riveter talk about the interesting people and places from the last five Centuries.
Unique Weapons and Demonstrations — Listen to soldiers and civilians from the past describe what life was like in times of war. Experience the roar of cannons and the fire of muskets as you go back in time with soldiers who will demonstrate each weapon and explain how each was used in their times.
Activities for the Kids — Throughout the day re-enactors will share true accounts of how children help shape history from drummer boys in the Civil War to resistance fighters in the liberation of France during WWII. Florida Public Archaeology Network will have hands on demonstrations to show the science of history and how we continue to discover new things about Florida’s extraordinary history. There will be many of activities throughout the day we will be sure to keep them busy!
Admission and all activities are free. Event hours are 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. demonstration times and events will be posted on the day of, all activities are subject to change due to weather.
De Soto National Memorial is located at 8300 De Soto Memorial Hwy, Bradenton 34209. On I-75 take exit 220 SR-64 Manatee Ave. Go west to 75th street. Travel north, the park is located at the terminus of 75th street. De Soto National Memorial is open seven days a week. The Visitor Center is open from 9 a.m. till 5 p.m. park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset. More information goes to: www.nps.gov/deso
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