19th Annual Pioneer Heritage Days Scheduled for April 5-6

March 26, 1997

WACO, Texas -- Central Texans can step back in time at the 19th annual Pioneer Heritage Days scheduled to run from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, April 5-6 at the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. For the first time, the festivities will be held on two days instead of one.

Pioneer Heritage Days focuses on the daily life on a typical farm or village in the 1890s. Saturday visitors will enjoy a wide variety of 19th-century activities such as fiddle and dulcimer music, horse rides, storytelling and 19th-century children's games. The museum shop will be open in the village's country store, and drummers (19th century traveling salesmen) will be hawking their wares.

Visitors also can participate in typical 19th-century activities including apple peeling, corn shelling, butter churning and cotton planting or can watch demonstrations in blacksmithing, chair caning, quilting and needlepoint. As an added treat, a barber will be giving 25 cent haircuts.

In addition to many of the activities presented on Saturday, Sunday visitors can listen to old-fashioned preaching and gospel music, and attend an ice cream social.

"Crafts and activities will be presented both days, but Saturday's activities focus on work on the farm and in the village, while Sunday's activities are on recreation and relaxation," said Calvin Smith, Director of the Strecker Museum Complex.

Admission to Pioneer Heritage Days is $4 for adults, $3 for senior citizens and $2 for students, K-college or purchase a family pass for $10.00. Strecker Museum Associates and Baylor students, faculty and staff are admitted at no charge with an I.D.

For more information, contact the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village at 755-1160.

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