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   Fort Massac Interpretive Center

FORT MASSAC STATE PARK

Fort Massac State Park
1308 East Fifth Street
Metropolis, IL 62960
(618) 524-9321

 

Interpreter Information

The visitors’ center and historic site are open Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM until further notice. The historic site has the archaeological outline of the original site of all the forts built at Fort Massac. There is also a replica of an 1802 American Fort that once stood on the site. The visitors center has a reception area with information on the fort and surrounding area. There is a history video about Fort Massac and a prehistoric artifact display.

The historic site offers educational programs presented by the site interpreter. The historical period is from 1750s to the Civil War. Classroom presentations are available. For more information, contact Chris McGinness, Acting Site Superintendant at chris.mcginness@illinois.gov or 618-524-9321.

 

2013 Calendar of Events

 

January 5 - Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

January 12 - Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 Garrison for the Massiac Marines, the French and Indian war period living historians will present displays and interpretive programs on the daily life of the French Marines. No admission fee.

February 2 - Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

February 9- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 Garrison for the Massiac Marines, French and Indian war period living historians will present displays and interpretive programs on the daily life of the French Marines.  No admission fee.

March 2- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.
March 2nd – 17th Regiment United States Rangers: Whiteside Company volunteers will present living history program.  No admission fee

March 9 and 10- Saturday 10am-4pm, Sunday 10am-2pm.  L’ecole du Soldat or School of the Soldier will be held for French troops at Fort Massac State Park.  French and Indian war period living historians from throughout the Midwest will attend this two day training session.  You will see the Marines and the milice as they learn the weapons, drills, marching, and tactical maneuvers of the French military in the 1750’s.  No admission fee.

April 6- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

April 13- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 Garrison for the Massiac Marines, the French and Indian war period living historians will prepare the herb garden and talk about the soldiers’ herb and vegetable gardens. No admission fee.

April 20-21 Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The 81st Illinois Volunteers will present a living history program.  No admission fee.

May 4- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.
May 4- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The 17th Illinois Territorial Rangers, 1811-1814 reenactors present a living history program.  No admission fee.

May 11&12- Saturday and Sunday 10:00 to 4:00 The Massiac Marines will host a weekend for French and Indian War period living historians from all over the nation to begin the campaign season.  As in the 1750’s these modern day warriors wait until the weather is right to begin battling.  Mock battles and tactical operations.  No admission fee.

June 1- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

June 8- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors, will present displays, interpretive programs and play games of the French, American, and American Indians from the 18th century. No admission fee.

June 15- Saturday 9:00 to 11:30 The Ohio River Sweep, ORANSCO’s clean up along the banks of the Ohio river.  Registration begins at 8:30 at the parks visitor’s center.  Volunteers will be given trash bags and gloves to pick up litter.  Volunteers will receive a River Sweep t-shirt and lunch will be provided.

July 6- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

July 13- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 Garrison for the Massiac Marines, the French and Indian war period living historians will present displays and interpretive programs on the daily life of the French Marines. No admission fee.

August 3- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

August 10- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 Garrison for the Massiac Marines, the French and Indian war period living historians will present displays and interpretive programs on mending, cleaning, and fixing of 18th century items.  Come and see how muskets were cleaned and maintained, clothes mended, and things were fixed or used in a new way.  No admission fee.

September 7- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission
Fee.

September 14- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00Garrison for the Massiac Marines, the French and Indian war period living historians will present displays and interpretive programs on 18th century “Tavern Life” and brewing.  Many homes would have had their own brewing house.  Also you will learn about how taverns were the center of news and entertainment.

September 21- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The 17th Illinois Territorial Rangers, 1811-1814 reenactors present a living history program.  No admission fee.

Sept 28 - 17th Regiment United States Rangers: Whiteside Company volunteers will present living history program.  No admission fee

October 5- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

October 19 & 20st- Saturday 10:00 to 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30 Annual Fort Massac Encampment celebrates the history of Fort Massac from the early French period until 1814.  Military units, Colonists, Settlers, and Native Americans portray the history of the fort with crafts, military drills, music, children’s games, and a mock battle.  No admission fee.

November 2- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

November 9- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors, will present displays and interpretive programs on celebrating the harvest.  At this time of plenty, you will learn about the foods of the period and the spices they used. No admission fee. 

December 7- Saturday 10:00 to 3:30 Southern Illinois Spinners and Weavers Guild in the visitor’s center at Fort Massac State Park.  Spinners and Weavers are welcome to participate.  No admission fee.

December 14- Saturday 10:00 to 4:00 The Massiac Marines, French and Indian War period reenactors, will celebrate “Joyeux Noel”.  The decorating will begin for Sunday’s Olde Tyme Christmas.  No admission fee.

December 15- Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 The Massiac Marines will be a part of “The Olde Tyme Christmas” at the visitor’s center.  They will show how a traditional Christmas might have been for the French soldier or villager in 1759.  There will be music, refreshments and decorations at the visitor’s center.  No admission fee.

 

For more information on Fort Massac events contact Fort Massac State Park, 1308 E 5th St., Metropolis, IL 62960 or 618-524-4712

 


Chris McGinness, Acting Site Superintendent
Fort Massac State Park
1308 5th Street
Metropolis, IL 62960
618-524-4712
http://dnr.illinois.gov

 

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