Pioneer Heritage Days Set For April 8-9

April 5, 2000

Baylor University will host the 21st annual Pioneer Heritage Days on Saturday and Sunday, April 8-9, on the grounds of the Gov. Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village. The annual event is held as a celebration of the rich rural heritage of Central Texas.

Those who attend the two-day event can watch costumed interpreters demonstrate traditional skills and crafts including chair-caning, spinning, weaving and basket-making. There also will be music, games and traditional arts and crafts.

Every year, Pioneer Heritage Days provides a fun way for visitors to learn about pioneer life in Central Texas. This year, various participants will re-enact a typical day in 1890. Visitors can look on as the blacksmith forges his iron into tools and decorative pieces, participate in the quilting bee or make corn husk dolls and goose feather flowers. A new addition to this year's event will be Mr. L. Burlington's unique collection of turn-of-the-century gas engines including fanning mills, saw mills and washing machine mills.

Presentations on pioneer life will be given by local elementary school children. There will be games for children as well as horse rides provided by the Baylor Riding Association. Children can also enjoy "Campout at Indian Rock," a puppet show presented by the Hand to Mouth Puppet Theatre.

Baylor students will also participate in the event. Susan Dunkerley's photography students will display photographs taken of the campus including shots of the Village.

The cost of admission for the event is $3 for adults and $2 for children.

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