News Release 491

Living History Day planned at Big Oak Tree State Park Sept. 11

Volume 38-491 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Sue Holst

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., AUG. 23, 2010 -- Enjoy a day of old-fashioned family fun at Living History Day on Sat., Sept. 11, at Big Oak Tree State Park near East Prairie.  Sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources, the event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Watch demonstrations of old-time skills such as rope making, trapping, spinning and flintknapping. Discover the exhibits of the Southeast Explorer mobile learning center from Southeast Missouri State University. Antique tractors will be on display. Old-time children’s activities such as making cane poles and corn shuck dolls will be available throughout the day. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy the sounds of 19th century music. Catfish and barbeque will be available for purchase.

Big Oak Tree State Park is located 15 miles south of East Prairie on Highway 102.  For more information about the event, contact Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site at 573-748-5340 or the Department of Natural Resources toll free at 800-334-6946 (voice) or 800-379-2419 (Telecommunications for the Deaf). For more information about state parks and historic sites, visit