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|History Festival Examines Different Time Periods
|A chance for area residents to see history come to life so it's more than just paper and ink will be held this weekend in Knox County. The 15th annual Galesburg Heritage Days begins Saturday and runs until Sunday out at Lake Storey Park.
One of the organizers of the event Bob Franey, says the history festival involves two different time periods which include the Civil War era, and the pre-1840's rendezvous group which studies more from the Revolutionary War era up to the 1840's.
Franey, who says he has always had an interest in history, tells WGIL the festival gives people the chance to see what life was like in the past.
"The main reason the festival is being held is to enlighten people of the heritage of America. To bring history to life so people can understand what our forefathers went through in order for us to have the luxuries we have today."
Franey says some of the events being held include the Civil War battle, a night fire of cannons, a candy cannon for the kids, a pre-1840's fashion show, and a medical demonstration which will follow the battle and examine how different medical practices were in the Civil War era.
Impersonators of Ben Franklin, Mark Twain, and General Robert E. Lee will also be on hand to talk about their experiences.
Franey says the highlight of the festival for him is to see the smiling faces of children. He says that's when he knows all the time, effort, and energy that went into creating the event pays off.
For more information on Heritage Days, check out the fairs and festivals page at wgil.com.
|08 14 09 by Newsroom
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